Jack Chick’s Vision of the World Was a Fear-Filled Caricature

Jack Chick’s tracts don’t challenge readers to love their neighbors, but instead, provide a refuge for those who want to bunker down in fear.

Wielding the Invisible Power of Modesty: Renewing the Vision of Feminine Virtue

Modesty is not a dress code. It is a spiritual posture.

Reading Sideways: How Fiction Helps Us Navigate the Maze of Tragedy

Fiction does not allow us to ignore reality; rather, it is a tool for the wise, the desperate, and the bewildered.

Defending the Personhood of Politicians

The first step in overcoming the exhaustion of politics is to subvert the game and refuse any kind of engagement with propaganda that reduces a person to a pawn.

Ordinary Faithfulness: Jim and Pam’s Quiet Fidelity

The resurrection is not in the feelings or the romance; it’s in the ordinary faithfulness of everyday life.

Of Dying Kingdoms and Newborn Salvation: Resurrecting Christmas in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot

We wander on a bizarre journey, unsure of what, exactly, we are searching for, and then, Christmas.

Less Is More: Finding Joy in Your Possessions

Declutter your life in the new year: having fewer possessions can lead to finding greater joy in what you have.

Tuning in: Oprah’s Gift of Generous Listening

Evangelical Christians would do well to stop and listen, really listen, as Oprah has modeled so well for us.

A Living Sacrifice: The Beauty of a Body Broken for Others

We can pretend that bodies are shrines to our youth, but they are better considered as places. They can be havens and homes. They can be agents of mercy. But what they aren’t meant to be is preserved.

Love’s Scientific Masquerade

Can romantic love be manufactured by the scientific process?

The Online Selves We Hide Behind

Embracing the Ordinary in a Cyberworld of Extraordinary

Communal Mourning: What Social-Media Grief Says about Us

After the Video: How to Love Emily Letts and Others Who Chose Abortion

My concern with Emily is what will happen to her when she realizes that she is a mother, and that she has failed.

Shared Truths: How Facebook Affirms Our Humanity

Humanity always bleeds through, even online.

Separation and Sanctity in NBC’s ‘Parenthood’

‘Parenthood’ is mercilessly exact in its rendering of the wreckage that occurs when families fail to love each other well.

Pregnancy, Profits, Pro-Life? Thoughts on MTV’s ‘Sixteen and Pregnant’

Reality shows like ‘Sixteen and Pregnant’ dehumanize their subjects.