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The Story Behind The Man Who Walked on Water
By Jacob Beaver

It’s morning. I am sitting at my desk, with leaves falling brightly outside, just as they do in the book. The Man Who Walked on Water is my first published novel, and I wrote it in a year. I wrote … read more »

The Story Behind Dallas Willard’s
Renewing the Christian Mind
An Excerpt from Gary Black Jr.’s Introduction

The original kernel of an idea for publishing a Dallas Willard anthology surfaced in 2009. It came during the first of what would become several visits I made from the United Kingdom to Southern California to conduct research interviews with … read more »

“PLEASE HELP” By Shane Claiborne,
Author of Executing Grace

I will never forget a note I got from a man on death row. It had two words in bold writing: PLEASE HELP. And along with those two words was a letter sharing his story. The man writing me was … read more »

The World Faces a Global Refugee Crisis. Here’s How to Get Involved. By D. L. Mayfield, Author of Assimilate or Go Home

“Open wide my doors to whatever makes me love You more.” —Aaron Weiss When I was nineteen years old, I went to Bible college to be a missionary. While I was studying the ins and outs of conversion, a friend … read more »

A Letter to Graduates
By Victor J. Strecher, Author of Life on Purpose

On this early Spring morning, I’m sitting in my back yard beneath a living canopy of chirping birds. They’re sending out signals for mating, food . . . maybe just fun. I don’t know much about their world, but I … read more »

The Cities That Built the Bible by Robert Cargill

I have taught biblical studies at the university level for over a dozen years now, and I’ve found that I get a lot of the same questions from year to year. I also get the same questions from church- and … read more »

Love Lessons
By Norman Wirzba, Author of Way of Love

I have written this book because I believe that Christianity at its best gives an honest, rigorous, and compelling account of life as a way of love. It gives us the metaphysical map we need by which we can evaluate … read more »

The Tweetable Pope by Michael J. O’Loughlin

Early in his papacy, Francis hinted that he would write an encyclical about the environment, including climate change. This topic is particularly neuralgic in the United States, and in the weeks and months leading up to the encyclical’s release, Catholics … read more »

On the Reading of Old Books by C. S. Lewis

There is a strange idea abroad that in every subject the ancient books should be read only by the professionals, and that the amateur should content himself with the modern books. Thus I have found as a tutor in English … read more »

The Tricky Business of Giving
By Robert D. Lupton, Author of Charity Detox

“My husband and I have the gift of giving,” a soft-spoken, gray-haired lady shared with me following a speech I had just given on the unintended consequences of charity. I could tell something was bothering her. Probably something I had … read more »