My 10 favorite books in 2020

One of the reasons I write is it gives me an opportunity to process what I'm thinking. And one of the best ways to get something to think about it is to read what others are thinking. With that in mind, I thought I would put down the 10 books I most enjoyed reading this…

Thoughts on Christmas “merriment”

The joke among my kids is that I'm a grinch, for I'm not much for the Christmas spirit. I'll admit it: they're mostly right - but not because of the meaning of Christmas, but due to what we've made of Christmas. I really struggle with how, as Kathleen Norris writes, "the world force-feeds us merriment…

What Healing Looks Like

In his book, Jesus & the Victory of God, N.T. Wright has an insightful section on miracles. He says that the point of Jesus' miracles isn't to do something impressive to convince people that Jesus is right; the miracles weren't "showy magic," an attempt to win the crowds, or even "proof" that Jesus was divine.…