Category Archives: Books

Between the Programs and the Pews

For the last year or so, I have often found myself thinking about my “pet false distinction” when it comes to church life: either “eat the body” or “be the body.”  The former points to a heightened place of liturgy … Continue reading

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The Passage (not Saved by the Bell)

One of the best contemporary fiction reading experiences I’ve had over the last few years was with Justin Cronin’s The Passage.  The book was one of those rare “first in a trilogy” books that was so well-done that a continuation … Continue reading

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Lanier and the Care of 21st Century Souls

In his recent interview with New York Magazine, futurist Jaron Lanier responded to a question about his “urgent” arguments against social media.  And while he has a whole book about the topic dropping at the end of the month, he … Continue reading

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A Land of Lonely Hunters

A common theme from the last few weeks of news articles and essays and reading points to the issue of loneliness as a real fruit of our modern era.   I suppose we’ve known this since the release of Bowling … Continue reading

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Nouwen and the First Question

For a number of years I have been convinced that one of the best things that I can do as a teacher is to ask good questions.  Question-asking has been particularly fruitful with upperclassmen, as it allows for a more … Continue reading

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Triangulating for Spiritual Direction

Before beginning the main discussion in Spiritual Direction, Henri Nouwen points to three different points of connection, spiritual disciplines, that are necessary for a healthy approach to a wisdom that can help us “to slow down and order our time, … Continue reading

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Nouwen and a Long Obedience with No Direction

In yesterday’s post I asked a question that twisted the popular 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 passage a bit: what if the changes effected in contemporary culture have led us to feeling more renewed in body but more diminished, even damaged, in … Continue reading

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