- How difficulty nourishes creativity: Robert Frost famously quipped, “I’d no sooner write free verse than play tennis with the net down.” Frost had meter; Christian leaders have budget shortfalls and funding stipulations or liturgical formulae and intractable congregations. Such difficulties offer the gift of rough ground against which we find traction to press forward to solutions, and learning to receive such resistance as a gift is the heart of “traditioned innovation.”
- Divine Rhetoric: God In The Inaugural Address: In modern times, religion has become so intertwined in our political rhetoric that the failure of any president to invoke God in a speech as important as the inaugural could hardly escape notice. Thanks to this graphic in The Wall Street Journal, we noticed the presidents who did (nearly all) and the few who didn’t (Teddy Roosevelt, Rutherford B. Hayes).
- Hobbit’s critics forget how fairytales feed our humanity: Fantasy lifts us from our dreary normal lives with a hope of divine magic.
- Secret Fears of Your Pastor: The bottom line for many pastors…is that they are afraid to level with their people — person to person.
- Why You Truly Never Leave High School: New science on its corrosive, traumatizing effects.