On Manhood

In the summer of 2020, when the pandemic still had an air of novelty and our interest in redefining ourselves was at its peak, I bought a new razor. I dumped the old plastic Mach 3 with its overpriced cartridge blades and ordered a solid, wood-handled safety razor; the kind where you unscrew the head … Continue reading On Manhood


Spring is in evidence in this little corner of the planet. For most of my life I’ve been less than wild about the wild outdoors; hiking or camping are not my cups of tea, although I can enjoy a walk through the woods. But it is foolish to deny the life-brightening capacity of things that … Continue reading Flowers


As they led him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming from the country, and they laid the cross on him, and made him carry it behind Jesus. (Luke 23:26) Like every journey, it had unexpected crossroads and unpredictable turnings. I took the road in stride, my faith rewarded with safe … Continue reading Crossroads

Inheriting More Than Language

When the architects and craftsmen of medieval Europe built their churches—stone, wood, and stained glass—they designed them with names for the various areas and parts and structures. The area that was reserved for the congregation to gather in worship was called the ship. They didn’t think it a strange name. For centuries, Christian writers had … Continue reading Inheriting More Than Language


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