The Scandal of Reading | An Introduction

Professor Jessica Hooten Wilson is joined by Claude Atcho and Austin Carty to discuss reading and thinking about great fiction.

Amish Christian Romance and Unread Books

When we tried to force a change and remove the Amish romance novels, everyone lost.

Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Finding Eden within Time

True joy that brings contentment resides here with us, right now, in this very moment.

The Holy Foolishness of Frederick Buechner

Though we just lost Frederick Buechner at the age of 96, I suspect that part of his legacy will consist in his bold reminder that preachers are poets.

Beyond Our Own Worlds: Wild Things and Castles in the Sky

This helpful collection of essays is a welcome guide to finding new books for young readers.

Revisiting Hatchet: The Idolization of Self-Sufficiency and the Truth of the Gospel

Hatchet shows the downside of extreme self-reliance, and teaches us to value the companionship and help of others.

“It’s an Old Song, and We’re Gonna Sing It Again”: Hadestown, Sir Orfeo, and Music for the End of Time

There is indeed an affinity to the classical pagan tale in Hadestown, one that tells us much about our own day—especially when compared to the medieval poem Sir Orfeo.

Tiny Space Vikings and the Upside Down Horror of Child Warriors

Children should be free to be children; it’s the job of adults to protect and preserve innocent life.

My Dear Wormwood: A Screwtape Letter on the Art of Smartphone Addiction

Neutrality towards technology isn’t as good as enthusiasm, of course, but it’s much better than allowing the seeds of skepticism to grow.

Captain America and the Divided States of American Christianity

God is not constrained by our human divisions.

“Leaf by Niggle”: Sacrificing Ambition for the Love of a Neighbor

There is no goal or achievement we can aspire to that is greater than loving God and loving our neighbors as Christ loves them.

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 2)

Celibate monasticism was a symbol of the radical resurrection equality of men and women—of their symmetrical status as eternal brothers and sisters. 

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 1)

When the highest feminine symbol within church history was rejected as an idol, a primary example of women’s indisputable dignity disappeared too.

Everything Sad Is Untrue: Scheherezade and Rivers of Blood

It is a thousand and one stories woven together in a tapestry, a Persian rug, of beauty.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Being an Artist and Answering Death with Beauty

At the heart of Station Eleven is a conflict between affirmation of Life and negation of Life. Affirmation wins.

Pride, Panache, and Paradox in Cyrano

Cyrano reminds us that most of us could use a little panache.