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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Celebrating and Embracing a Deep Calling

Lent has once again snuck up on me. Still, I am welcoming this season. I don’t know about you, but during these days of what feels like political and cultural chaos, I have been more aware and appreciative of the … read more »

How Liberals Win, Even in the Trump Era

The longer I have struggled to figure out what people want to read, the more I have become fascinated by what we want to avoid or ignore or forget. One would think Christian books on homosexuality would be all the … read more »

Remembering Huston Smith, Religion’s Unassuming Revolutionary

As if 2016 could not end without one more shot in the gut, we learned on December 30 that longtime HarperOne author Huston Smith passed away. He was 97. The world’s foremost expert on world religions, Huston Smith was one … read more »

Has Jesus Failed?

In college our religious conversations centered on, “Is Christianity true?” My answers evolved from “Of course not” to “Maybe” to “Oh my gosh, yes.” (That “gosh” is a direct quotation—I’m a Midwesterner.) Over the years I have grown suspicious of … read more »

Cherishing Deep Teachers in Trump Times

As part of my election recovery, I decided to try to take time to contemplate and be grateful for seemingly ordinary things. For instance, I am much more grateful for leaders who are embarrassed and ashamed over their bad behavior. … read more »