On friendship, listening, & love

Sen. Ben Sasse has pointed out that friendship is in devastating atrophy. In 1990, the average American had 3.2 friends. In 2018, the average American had 1.8 friends. He says that there's no data that shows you’re happier when you go from 200 to 500 social media friends, or from 500 to 1,000. But, if…

Getting cured, getting healed

Is there a difference between being cured and being healed? John Swinton thinks so. A scholar who has also served as a mental health nurse, Swinton points to someone he believes experienced both: the woman in the Bible who had a discharge of blood. Coming up to Jesus in a crowd, she touches the edge…

A challenge for the new year

Recently, I caught a glimpse of a back-and-forth twitter fight, the kind that seems so common these days. Someone had posted a picture of a prominent congresswoman dining out with her boyfriend. The picture had the man's feet circled, so that the commenter could make fun of them. The congresswoman shot back, questioning the other…