Archive for category: Recommended Reading

‘Metaphors be with you’ is a literal treasure chest

Okay, I lied. The book “Metaphors Be With You,” by Dr. Mardy Grothe, is…

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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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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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The Problem of Sickness

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

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A book that reads you

“Music… will help dissolve your perplexities and purify your character…

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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…

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And now to resume daily life

Having returned last night from a five-day trip, having listened to the phone…

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The begonia that I have that is mine

This is one of my begonias. Of course I admit it is not “mine” in the sense…

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The Place of Places in our Lives

Do you believe in “thin places”? My friend Suzette used this term as she…

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