Category: Culture

parenting, control, and obligations

I very much appreciated this word from Hannah Anderson at Christ and Pop Culture about parenthood: The first thing we should do is realize that the level of control we feel is not as defined as it seems. To us, the...

/ November 2, 2018

holy culture and horticulture

Wilfred McClay has a beautiful and much-needed essay at Comment on the tension Christians experience between our calling to be gardeners and pilgrims: We plant, tend, and nourish gardens, gather and prune them, negotiating and harmonizing the resultants of nature’s forces. We...

/ November 1, 2018

solidarity and healing after the Tree of Life shooting

My own connection to Pittsburgh is only through friends; my kids have played on the playground across the street from the Tree of Life synagogue several times. I wanted to share a few pieces about the incident, starting with this...

/ October 31, 2018

how bodies matter in miscarriage

Tish Harrison Warren has a moving and beautiful essay at Christianity Today about her quest to honor the body of her unborn child: Our doctor wasn’t a jerk or insensitive to our grief. He was professional; we liked him. But he worked...

/ October 30, 2018

where Foucault and the Apostle Paul meet

This interview with Alan Jacobs is full of all the things I love to think about! The new book has an “Interlude,” in which you point to “other pilgrims, other paths,” and one of the figures is Dorothy Day, an icon...

/ October 29, 2018

oikonomia and economics

I don’t wholly agree with everything that Oren Cass has to say here, but he has some very important observations and proposals in this essay about work, family, and political economy: Alongside stable political institutions that protect basic freedoms, family...

/ October 26, 2018

longing for community

My friend Breanna Randall shares some thought-provoking observations about community life in North America and Southeast Asia: It’s not my goal to communicate that my Southeast Asian neighborhood is objectively better than that of my North American counterparts (though I’ve...

/ October 24, 2018

“gifts of time, money, and sympathy”

If you’ve never read this essay on W.H. Auden’s quiet benefience, you’re in for a real treat: W.H. Auden had a secret life that his closest friends knew little or nothing about. Everything about it was generous and honorable. He...

/ October 23, 2018

hope when everything’s getting worse

I felt like this piece from Clare Coffey about hope in the face of despair was very good, and I think you will, too: It is very possible that anxiety distorts perception of the world. It is also possible that...

/ October 22, 2018

the faith and work movement… for workers!

The Faith and Work movement set out to do something worthwhile: encouraging people to think of their work as a vocation honoring to God. Unfortunately, it has really focused on the vocations of the creative class and other upper-middle-class professionals...

/ October 18, 2018