Summer Shorts BY: Margie Haack In a moment of general regret my husband said: “I’m sorry.” He was looking at me with tears in his eyes. I thought he was referring to the way he ignored me when I asked him to read another version of this letter. But, no, his apology was about our IRA. “You deserved so much better than this. I haven’t made any money at all for us.” I could’ve said something gooshy, but without thinking, I chose to be wry. “Ah, but You deserved so much better: A woman who could diet and have sex everyday.
Considering Arguments Against BY: Denis Haack If I want to hear the best, the strongest argument against Christian faith wouldn’t it be better to read something written by a thoughtful disbeliever, rather than reading a summary of their thinking filtered through the mind of a believer in the midst of a sustained argument for the faith?
Being Serious About Playing BY: Luke Bobo When was the last time you were serious about playing? Or more specifically, when was the last time you went snow sledding? When was the last time you raked some leaves and then jumped in them?
Loving Accountability or Burdensome Legalism? BY: Denis Haack Being accountable isn’t what we wake up every morning to have—we wake up yearning to be autonomous. Being autonomous is the default mode, being intentionally accountable comes only with wisdom shaped by grace.
Hindrances to Communication BY: Denis Haack Being fallen means our minds are never fully dependable, and our autonomous hearts are always attracted to whatever ideas seems to make us the center of the universe, even though it sets us adrift to be, in Walker Percy’s memorable phrase, lost in the cosmos.
Trust and Safety BY: Denis Haack “By nature the heart is like a troubled sea, casting forth the foam of anger and wrath. Now meekness calms the passions. It sits as moderator in the soul, quieting and giving check to its distempered motions.” - Thomas Watson
127 Hours (Danny Boyle, 2010) BY: Wesley Hill According to this movie, it’s not that “Please help me” is more significant than “I love you.” Rather, “Please help me” is itself a form of “I love you.” The two cries belong together.
The King's Speech (Tom Hooper, 2010) BY: R. Greg Grooms The King’s Speech is rated R because of a scene in which Lionel encourages Bertie to curse extemporaneously. The result is one of the most delightfully vulgar things I’ve ever seen on film.
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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