Missing the Point
Sarah Ruden

I must have been only six or seven when my parents put me to work clearing the garden of potato beetles at five cents each. There weren't ...

What Hath Cuba to Do with Chicago?05.01.15
Michael R. Stevens

Editor's Note: This is part 2 of Michael R. Stevens' annual baseball extravaganza. Part 1, posted on Monday, took a fresh look at the integration ...

"Endlessly Overflowing"04.17.15
Rachel Marie Stone

Like many children, I loved iridescent things—glitter, tinsel, the sparkles on the bay at sunset, jewelry. One of my cherished possessions ...

The Integration of Baseball04.26.15
Michael R. Stevens

The final weekend of March hit hard in West Michigan, with the temperature in the mid-teens on Palm Sunday morning, and a snow flurry punctuating ...

“Inheritors of the Text”04.23.15
Brett Foster and Mark Lewis

Editor’s Note: This year, as we did a year ago to mark Shakespeare’s birthday, we are featuring a conversation between a poet who ...

Coleridge and the Maker04.17.15
Alan Jacobs

Coleridge's self-judgment and the judgment of posterity have often been one. In 1814, when he was forty-two and in the midst of a long ...

The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty03.19.15
Harry Lee Poe

We live in a culture that has largely lost its poetry—probably the only culture in human history to do so. At the end of the 19th century, ...

Learning to Look04.17.15
David Hooker

If you can find a way to get to Chicago before May 24, I urge you to do so. The Doris Salcedo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art is ...

A Christian Buddha03.19.15
Terry C. Muck

When Wilfred Cantwell Smith (1916-2000) made his classic argument for viewing human religious history as a single historical story rather ...

Secrets of Book Reviewing 304.13.15

Sometimes your bright ideas don't pan out.

VII Haiku03.19.15
Gary Hotham


retracing our steps
snowflakes not waiting
for warmer days




gram's funeral spring's wild flowers showing their ...
It Is What It Is03.19.15
Tania Runyan

"Hedgehog Inadvertently Plays a Respectable Measure of Jazz Just By Walking Atop Piano Keys."

How could I not click on that headline ...

The Wuthnow Project03.19.15
Joseph Crespino

In 2003, Sufjan Stevens released an album titled Greetings From Michigan, the Great Lake State, a 15-track aural history of the 26th state. ...

The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination04.02.15
Brett Foster

In February, a wide range of spiritual and literary types—writers, readers, editors, and thinkers largely consisting of Roman Catholics ...

No Alexandrian Romance03.19.15
Jerry Pattengale

Some books provide an arsenal of disparate facts that make for sitcom fodder. I can imagine a scene in Cheers with Cliff asking Lilith and ...

Secrets of Book Reviewing 203.30.15

An editor's not-so-occult revelations.

High Priests of Middlebrow Culture03.19.15
Elesha Coffman

Pastors have long admonished their flocks that faith isn't just for Sunday, and many a sermon has played on the theme, "Show me ...

Hellfire and Prophecy03.19.15
John G. Turner

One Sunday in the late 1990s, my wife and I drove into the countryside beyond Louisville, Kentucky, to attend a Reformed Baptist church. ...

Crow Fair03.23.15
Bruce Wiebe

"Now I see you again, and you are grown men, I must tell the truth. There doesn't seem to be much to either one of you." ("Crow ...

Katherine Paterson's World03.19.15
Rachel Marie Stone

When I was a child, I read and re-read books. To the frustration of my parents, my reading was decidedly indiscriminate: Frances Hodgson ...

"I Felt Like I Was Falling in Love"03.19.15
D. L. Mayfield

Nothing in my life makes sense, outside of God.
—Father Gregory Boyle

You've got to be able to imagine lives that are different from ...

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