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Holding Back the Tide of Fear

When I am hiking in the Rockies, with each turn in the path presenting a new postcard view of mountains and valleys, I can feel my stress and anxiety melt away. As many scholars have proven, being out in the … read more »

Jumping into the World

Growing up in the church, I heard numerous sermons by well-meaning pastors that admonished how we should be “in the world, but not of it.” It felt like a backhanded slap to all the good things I loved that didn’t … read more »

The Alchemy of Spirit and Paper

Five hundred years ago, a scholar-monk posted ninety-five theses on a door and inadvertently started a revolution. Many books attempt to explain what happened (including one of our own; see the just-released Rebel in the Ranks by top Reformation scholar … read more »

The HarperLegend Summer Read

I think we all 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. I know … 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 »