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Standing on the street corner yesterday, I was talking with a friend, Hans Hess (and also the chairman of the board for The Washington Institute) We had had lunch, talking about many things. His work, my work, the summer, the … more »

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Many Good Lenten Resources

“A Missio Lent” is our modest offering to you in the Lenten season, but there are many other good resources available to you — the plugged-in reader — to assist you in observing Lent. As we come across them, we’ll … more »

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Beyoncé Striking a Chord

If last night during the Grammy Awards you were, like I was, moved by Beyoncé’s performance of “Precious Lord,” you may have wandered, like I did, how this song came to capture such a depth of emotion. After a bit … more »

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The Clown of God

As a mother, I’m often on the lookout for books that capture ideas in ways that children can immediately apprehend. I’ve found few books that capture the idea of vocation–its joys and burdens, its brilliant light and its darker shadows–than … more »

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It’s hard to be a good man, and sometimes even harder to find a good movie. Last night I spent too long looking for a film to watch on my flight across the country. While I have books to read, … more »

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Wounds and Scars

“The wounds had healed, but the scars would be mine forever.” For most of my life I have thought about the relationship of wounds and scars, living with my own– and knowing that the scars do last, maybe not forever, … more »

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Seek the Flourishing of the City, Again and Again

“Take Idaho” was the way my sister-in-law Kathryn Elliott Stegall put it so very poetically as she mused over our longing to see all things well in the world. But the world is large, and how on earth do we … more »

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A Good Conversation Remembered

As I write I am on a train from New York to Washington, a trip I first made when I was about 21. The day before I had flown back from Europe, where I had spent some months. And that … more »

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I, like a tomato plant

In addition to being a source of delicious veg and a fine substitute for the gym, gardens are a source of wisdom. Patience, persistence, forgiveness, reflection, discipline—all can be learned with soil in one’s hands. It was just after university, … more »

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