Jul 22, 2013

Books on Faith: The Sabbath World, Week Four

Eighteen years ago, my wife and I courted over a distance of 1700 miles. Though our courtship consisted mainly of lengthy phone calls and heartfelt letters, it was in those moments when I made myself still—to sit down and read a card she had sent or re-read a hand-written letter—that...Read more +
Jul 11, 2013

Rooted: Loyalty to a Way of Life

My mother’s father was a coal miner —a hard-drinking man with rough hands who laughed easily and loved children. Mining was hard work, and sometimes dangerous, but it paid a fair wage. That was something a man with little education and a growing family in rural West Virginia could appreciate...Read more +
Jul 3, 2013

Books on Faith: The Sabbath World by Judith Shulevitz

In the introduction to her book The Sabbath World: Glimpses of a Different Order of Time , Judith Shulevitz says of the Conservative synagogue in San Juan she attended as a child, “…The building, a ruined mansion starting to crumble, smelled of wood rot. It had termites. The specks of...Read more +
Jun 6, 2013

Books on Work: Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath, Part One

On Mondays in June we’ll be discussing Chip and Dan Heath’s latest book Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work . This week we cover the introduction through chapter four. Chip and Dan Heath want to help us make better decisions. It is not enough, they say,...Read more +
May 6, 2013

Books on Culture: The Life of the Body

“Being made one with Christ, we are made one with all who belong to Christ, united with the church in every time and place. One people…one body…” The pastor stands in front of the communion table and says these words, and I feel the power of truth course through me—enlarging...Read more +
Apr 22, 2013

Books on Family: Not so Fast by Ann Kroeker, week four

The morning has been a flurry of packing bags, counting underwear, finding missing shoes, choosing snacks, trying to pick up the living room, and reviewing the list of things-that-must-be-done-before-we-go. My husband and I bark orders and rush about so we can get into the car and head to our much-anticipated...Read more +
Apr 15, 2013

Books on Family: Not So Fast by Ann Kroeker, week three

When I first read Ann Kroeker’s book, Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families , I was single. It seemed counterintuitive to read the book, given the subtitle. But I had just met Ann and our fast-forming friendship led me to believe there would be gems for even the...Read more +
Apr 4, 2013

The Hallowed Corners of Life

There are temples all over this place. The dining room table, the kitchen sink, underneath the pear tree, the halls I walk at the hospital where I work…no tall arches or stained glass, no austere organ music or deep mahogany. Just these hands, this body, these people I weave in...Read more +
Apr 4, 2013

Books on Family: Not so Fast by Ann Kroeker

On Maundy Thursday our son is scheduled for surgery—nothing too serious, but rather intricate and we will be at the hospital all day. That morning I read the account of the garden at Gethsemane from Matthew. Here, Jesus tells his disciples, “Stay here and keep watch with me.” After we...Read more +
Mar 26, 2013

Imitating Christ’s Humility

Philippians 2:5-11
The days gradually take on more light and the birds begin their slow return. Just this morning I saw a flock of hundreds silhouetted against the burning sky—flying over the freeway. I craned my neck in wonder and let myself get lost in their soar. Where have you been? What...Read more +

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