Category Archives: Culture

Ten Non-Fiction Books that Helped in a Difficult Year

I read more fiction than non-fiction last year, for obvious reasons. It was the kind of year in which retreating into a fictional world was a relief. However, I still read some very good non-fiction books, and here are ten … Continue reading

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God Breaks into Human History

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When the Iron Curtain in Berlin came down peacefully in 1989 after years of oppression, I thought this must be the hand of God. Communism had seemed like firmly held domination, and I was stunned to watch that wall physically … Continue reading

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Seeking Security

David Brooks’s essay in The Atlantic, “America is Having a Moral Convulsion,” describes America as a far less trusting society than it was twenty-five years ago. As I think about my own sense of trust in government, institutions and media, … Continue reading

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How’s Your Vision?

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Michael May hadn’t seen anything since the age of three after being blinded in a chemical explosion. He adjusted well, married, had children, took up skiing and founded a business. One day, Michael accompanied his wife to her optician as … Continue reading

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A Time to be Silent

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It’s surreal walking into a grocery store – one of the few places I walk into these days – and observe everyone covering their mouths and noses with a mask. I don’t find it odd anymore. Masks are necessary, but … Continue reading

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A Lament

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It was a rainy day. Skimming the headlines, I quickly realized the newspaper was going to make it gloomier. When I sat down to read my Bible I decided to read Lamentations. It seemed appropriate. Lamentations is a short book … Continue reading

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I Can’t Breathe

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The phrase I can’t breathe has deeper meaning every day. A month or two ago, it meant that Covid-19 sufferers were struggling to breathe, being put on ventilators, and some of them dying. We watched in grief and apprehension. Last … Continue reading

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Non-Fiction Books that Expanded my Thinking

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As I wrote this post about non-fiction books during the middle of a pandemic, I realized that many of them took on deeper meaning. That’s the mark of a good book. Following are topics and the books that have expanded … Continue reading

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God is Working – Even if We’re Clueless

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Recently I’ve had several conversations about the state of our country that have ended with a bewildered shrug. We clearly see a problem or concern, but the answer seems impossible.  No one knows what to do about it. The conversation … Continue reading

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When the Culture Leads the Church

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Once in a while, the culture arrives at where the church should already have been. The evangelical church tends to characterize the culture as the enemy of truth, and that is accurate in many respects. The world is driven by … Continue reading

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