"Now Everything Is Easy Cause of You?"
Sarah Ruden

I have given up mentoring as an "established" writer, with six backlisted books and growing but not exploding sales. I no longer ...

Letter from the Editor08.20.14

In the fiction section of our splendid Wheaton Public Library, the Grim Reaper is moving through the Bs. The evidence is on the library's ...

Signs of God's Faithfulness08.20.14
Interview by Todd C. Ream

Richard Mouw, Alvin Plantinga, Nicholas Wolterstorff, and George Marsden are just four scholars among many who spent their most formative ...

Evangelicalism Seen Afresh08.20.14
Darren Dochuk

Well into The Age of Evangelicalism, when charting the 1990s, Steven Miller attributes the success of the "emerging church" to ...

Spirit, Power, and Understanding08.20.14
Candy Gunther Brown

Comparative research on world Christianity has proliferated in recent years. Two new edited volumes, Spirit and Power and Christian Higher ...

Visions of Vocation09.23.14
Drew Moser, Jess Fankhauser, and Jeff Aupperle

The word "vocation" is loaded. It elicits a spectrum of strong opinions within the church; ranging from the angst-filled young ...

Get Prufrock09.22.14

An indispensable literary newsletter.

Charles Taylor Explained08.20.14
Robert Joustra

Let's be honest: Charles Taylor's A Secular Age is one of those intimidating tomes you keep hearing about; maybe (probably) you even ...

Darkness and Light in India09.18.14
Philip Yancey

The cows, always the cows, hundreds of them, thousands of them. They stand in a pack blocking traffic, take naps in the middle of a busy ...

Awareness: Raised08.20.14
D. L. Mayfield

For many, including myself, "trafficking" is synonymous with sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery. Denise Brennan, writing ...

The Last Trojan Hero09.16.14
Gerald J. Russello

In the heat of the Second World War, T. S. Eliot gave a speech (to the newly formed Virgil Society) stating that the Aeneid was "the ...

The Lewis Man09.15.14

When the setting is also the "main character."

"The Full This-Worldliness of Life"08.20.14
Wesley Hill

When the theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer returned from England in 1935 to his native Germany, to the town of Zingst on the southern ...

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing09.09.14
Karen Swallow Prior

"There is no God here."

God's absence is the overwhelming presence in A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, the critically acclaimed debut novel by ...

Immigration Information09.08.14

Reliable, user-friendly, much needed.

Church as a Shared Meal08.20.14
Rachel Marie Stone

Like other children of clergy, I spent an inordinate amount of time at church, at church functions, with church people talking about church ...

Poems for Inspirational Posters08.20.14
Michael Robbins

"I know of no other twentieth-century American writer as much admired and respected as William Stafford," avers Ted Kooser on the ...

Childhood Obesity in America09.03.14
Lisa Auster-Gussman

In a study conducted in 1961, 10- and 11-year old boys and girls in the fifth and sixth grades were given six drawings of children and asked ...

The French Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment08.20.14
Dale Van Kley

A decade and a half ago I put forward a counterintuitive thesis about the religious origins of the French Revolution. Although the book underscored ...

An Event in Autumn09.01.14
John Wilson

The last volume in Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series left readers all over the world—readers in the millions—feeling rather ...

Teach Us to Want08.28.14
Aleah Marsden

When I was in seventh grade, I used some birthday money to buy my first journal. It was small, spiral-bound, made of recycled materials (I ...

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