Fierce Convictions: The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer, Abolitionist. By Karen Swallow Prior

I enjoyed Karen Swallow Prior’s amazingly well-researched and nicely nuanced biography Fierce Convictions. It was fun to learn that Hannah More is considered…

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A Happy Tune

Whistling, according to a study from the University of New South Whales, makes a person happier. I learned this at a conference on The Habits of Happy…

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Seeing the Bigger Picture

Yesterday the Princeton, Minnesota, school district held an election. Voters were asked if they would support a bond referendum to build a new elementary…

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Smith: “The Secular is Haunted”

Last night James K. A. Smith, philosophy prof at Calvin College and editor of…

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Desiring “the good life”–but which good life?

Thoughts sparked by  Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview and Cultural…

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Drawing as a way of seeing

If you’re looking at the sketch, you perceive that I am not an artist. And…

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The Problem of Sickness

A three-weeks-long-and-counting bout of diverticulitis has prompted me to pull…

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On Diet and Desire

Last weekend Greg and I visited my sister and her husband and kids. We were taken by surprise: Judy and Paul were not the same people they were when we…

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“Oh who can make a log burn? I’m sure I can’t, can you?”

This morning I took my Bible and coffee down to the woodstove room in order to spend a few minutes alone with God before the day started. The fire had…

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A book that reads you

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character and sensibilities, and in time of care and sorrow, will keep a fountain…

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The Habit of Not-Quite-Living

A story by Todd Gitlin, retold by James Emery White in The Church in an Age of Crisis: “A customs officer observes a truck pulling up at the border….

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