What We Talk About When We Talk About Grace: A Review of Jack

Over the course of four novels, Marilynne Robinson has given the world the palimpsest of Gilead, Iowa, upon which we have seen the slow drama of the Ames and the Boughtons play out.

The Great Balancing Act: A Review of Making Motherhood Work

Middle-class working women around the world are the subjects of Caitlyn Collins’ book. Her research is intended to shed light on the delicate work-family balance that women globally struggle to manage, and the political and social structures (or lack thereof) that help or hinder their success.
Digital Distraction or Digital Discipleship: Esports and Christian Life

Digital Distraction or Digital Discipleship: Esports and Christian Life

The League of Legends championship is one example of competitive video gaming, or “Esports.” It represents a form of entertainment in which players train year-round to qualify for major tournaments around the world.

Embracing the Color of Life: A Review of Joyful

In the introduction of her 2018 book, Ingrid Fetell Lee poses a list of questions to help her readers think about whether their surroundings feel joyful. I read the list of questions in the introduction with interest and a growing sense of trepidation.


Finding Focus

Writing things down is the best way I have found to sort and clear my mind. Three very different kinds of writing help me in… Read more

Compass Plant Leaves and Apparent Randomness

The image above serves probably looks like a generic leaf to most people, but to me it is an entire sermon. Read more

Fear is a Liar

Although social work is unpredictable and stressful at times, the worry and fear that I experience as a parent is far greater. Read more