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Sneak Peek: Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli

Deborah woke up and found a pig licking her face. She pushed the animal away, sat up, and looked around. The stream ran only steps away, the sound of its constant flow masking the noise from the various campsites up … read more »

The HarperLegend Summer Read

I have this cherished “summer read” fantasy of reading a gripping book while lying on the beach or rocking on the porch of a mountain cabin, or sipping an iced drink at a city café. If we are in the … read more »

The Sign of the Cross: Spiritual Lessons from With God in Russia – Afterword by James Martin, SJ

The final line is, for me, the most moving in the entire book. “Slowly, carefully, I made the sign of the Cross over the land I was leaving.” In the long line of spiritual memoirs written by American Catholics, there … read more »

Serpents, Doves, the LGBT Community, and a Saintly Jesuit

Jesus advised us to be “wise as serpents and innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16), which is one of my favorite passages since I find it so useful. Still, when I share this with others, they wince and grow uncomfortable. Who … read more »

Rob Bell Discovers a New Bible Problem

I will always remember what Tom Wright said in a conversation we had while promoting his book How God Became King. He said the discussions and debates that came out of the Enlightenment have so shaped how we read the … read more »

The Story Behind The Retreat by Jacci Turner

It had been a difficult couple of years. My mom died, and I was asked to leave a ministry position in spiritual formation I loved over a policy issue. Then, a friend of mine surprised me by raising the money … read more »

Death by Answers

Looking back on my college years, when I was exploring who I was and what I believed, I realized that the most vibrant periods of my life have been when I was haunted by questions. Is God real? What am … read more »

Marianne Borg on Days of Awe and Wonder
An Excerpt from the Foreword

For as long as there have been Christians, there has been considerable debate about what it means to be a Christian. From the authority of the Bible and the believability of its stories, to the meaning of Jesus, to what … read more »

The Borg Option v. the Benedict Option

When two New York Times columnists decide to write about the same Christian book, something is afoot. Both David Brooks and Ross Douthat charitably affirm and disagree with parts of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option. Many are taking this book … read more »

The Intersection of Harm and Healing
By Carol Howard Merritt

I went to the museum with a friend. We were walking around, admiring the paintings in their humid-free, temperature controlled environment. Standing before a magnificent canvas, I watched the colors bleed with deep blue and red, until their hue took … read more »