Let a Book Be Your Umbrella

It’s raining as I write this. Rain is a good thing. It brings life and growth to plants. It washes the air of pollen. But too much rain can be destructive….

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‘Metaphors be with you’ is a literal treasure chest

Okay, I lied. The book “Metaphors Be With You,” by Dr. Mardy Grothe, is not a literal treasure chest. It’s a metaphorical treasure chest. But then,…

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Did the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil make us judgmental?

On the same day the term “expressive individualism” caught my ear, Greg Boyd’s 2004 book Repenting of Religion: Turning from Judgment to the Love…

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Joy to the World! But what about me?

If you’re not feeling the joy of the season, you’re not alone. Many people…

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What’s in a face?

A friend of mine recently lost some weight. When I told her how great she looked,…

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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…

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A Happy Tune

Whistling, according to a study from the University of New South Whales, makes…

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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 Comment magazine, gave a fascinating lecture at the U of M, sponsored by…

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