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Ken Myers’ Heart Attack and Recovery

Rod Dreher called Ken a “national treasure,” and Rod is exactly right.  I have been blessed by a budding friendship with Ken, the founder and host of Mars Hill Audio.  We connected last year and were fast friends after discovering...

/ November 6, 2011

Social Justice and the Church

I have a recap of a recent debate between Jim Wallis and Al Mohler over at The Gospel Coalition this morning: Despite the clarity of the concerns (and the accuracy of each side’s worries), I left wondering whether the language...

/ November 1, 2011

The Unavoidable Question: The Earthen Vessels Symposium (Ch. 3)

This is the chapter I didn’t want to write. Even now, reading it, it feels like a detour.  There I go, wandering through the fields of the various historical models of the body that have been popular, the Bible, the...

/ October 31, 2011

Together for Adoption: Join me in Phoenix

I’m honored to join Dan Cruver, my pastor, and a whole host of folks at Together for Adoption in Phoenix. As an interested observer, but not direct participant (yet!) of the adoption movement, I might be the most curious addition...

/ October 5, 2011

The Chaos Curve: Part I

A meditation originally written for The Twenty Pieces Project I’ve noticed that I tend to self-reform in waves, waves usually started by an awareness of overwhelming chaos that grows gradually over time (or comes on suddenly, if Facebook gets involved....

/ September 23, 2011

One Boring Book for College

After the recommendations of books like A Severe Mercy, Resident Aliens, and Lord of the Rings, I’m afraid my recommended reading will sound flat-out boring. It certainly is no respecter of Mr. Anderson’s criteria for a book to be read...

/ September 18, 2011

“Where were you?” A Meditation on Memory, Place, and 9/11

I was sitting inside a prayer chapel, trying to meet with the Almighty. When we say where we were, we fold the world into our own stories, weaving it between the mundane and the miraculous as a way of making...

/ September 9, 2011

Matt and Lauren’s Wedding Sermon

My wife’s wonderful sister married a great guy this weekend; they asked me to give the homily at the wedding. I was stunned by the invitation, but also very blessed to do it. I’m hoping to preach 100 sermons by the...

/ September 6, 2011

Truthfully Representing the Body in Art

  My friend Christopher Benson has some thoughtful and provocative meditations on the above painting and others by the recently departed Lucian Freud.  I was not familiar with his work, but Benson has me convinced that I should be: Freud’s...

/ August 24, 2011

On Literature

A few years ago I was on an extended solitude retreat on an island off the coast of Washington. With no books, television, music or other people to distract me, I spent the better part of three weeks praying and,...

/ August 16, 2011