A physical faith in a disembodied age

We live in a disembodied age. Think about it. If you're like me, most of your communication with others takes place by text or email. We may speak on the phone regularly, but many of us live miles from our closest friends and rarely have protracted face-to-face conversations. In fact, our common means of communication tend … Continue reading A physical faith in a disembodied age

Where is God in the world?

The denial and dissimulation of grace, though always a human temptation, became especially pronounced and systemic in the modern world.

Five reasons I enjoy working in our garden

About three weeks ago I made good on my longstanding resolution to reclaim the overgrown garden bed at the back of our yard. We moved into our house in 2007 with dreams of planting, growing, eating, and sharing vegetables we had grown ourselves. A blend of factors conspired to stop us from doing so: we had kids, we worked too much, etc. You get the picture.

Can you create community?

"Community will start again when people begin to do necessary things for each other again." - Wendell Berry (Morris Allen Grubbs, ed. Conversations with Wendell Berry, 75). I've been reflecting on what seems like an innocuous little quote. Institutions like churches and universities spend a great deal of money in the name of "creating community." … Continue reading Can you create community?

Parents, remember when you used to sleep?

Sleep is on my mind today. I haven't read it, but a friend tells me that James Bryan Smith (in The Good and Beautiful God) claims that sleep deprivation is one of today's greatest inhibitors of spiritual formation. I've written about how technology enables our loss of sleep here. Interestingly,  also came across this article about … Continue reading Parents, remember when you used to sleep?