Essays

Remembering the Ascension

  Easter without Ascension is like Advent without Christmas. The comparison is inexact; unlike Advent, Easter is not a time of preparation. However, just as Christmas is the culminating event Christians prepare for during Advent, the Ascension is the culminating … more »

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For the Sake of the World: A Lenten Meditation

“Is it possible to live in Washington DC, and have a contemplative life?” more »

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The Child Who Would be King: Reflections on Art and Beauty

“Concepts create idols; wonder understands anything” -St. Gregory of Nyssa more »

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In Search of Deep Faith

“A Pilgrim’s Progress for the 21st-Century?” I wrote that this summer after reading the manuscript of In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty Goodness and Heart of Christianity by Jim Belcher (IVP, 2013). The publisher asked me … more »

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Love, Liturgy and the Architecture of Time

My conversion was sudden, but not altogether surprising. The efforts of friends to evangelize me had planted seeds, kindling questions demanding answers. “Could I really trust this?” “Would it really be as great as everyone said?” “Would I ever regret … more »

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Friendship Still Isn’t Second-Best

Worldview. A way of making sense of everything. As 17 year-old I was drawn in, but I had no idea what it would mean. Over the next few years I began to listen and learn, and was sure that I … more »

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Theology of Vocation and Spiritual Formation

Editor’s Note: The following is the edited transcription of a talk given to participants of the TWI Come and See Vocation Conference July 16-17 2013 in Washington, DC.  Jesus came into the deep mess—the mess of the human experience.  Of … more »

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Fidelity: To abide, to belong

“…what fidelity is meant to protect is the possibility of moments when what we have chosen and what we desire are the same.” -Wendell Berry, The Body and The Earth June seems an optimal time to talk about fidelity. It … more »

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A School for Inner City Shalom

Bentley Craft drives forty minutes to work in a Mercedes station wagon, listening to NPR or humming along to sacred medieval music. His tortoise shell glasses match his brown goatee, and he always wears a bow tie. He never owned … more »

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The Myth of Balance

Several months ago I was invited to lead a breakout seminar at a conference on calling and the common good, offering some reflections about what it looks like to take up calling across all of life, but especially with a … more »

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