Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead: A Merciful Mind for Our Contentious Time

Marilynne Robinson’s Pulitzer-prizewinning Gilead is a book for our contentious time. I’d picked up a copy when it first became a best seller, but this year when I went through my shelves looking for books I’d bought but hadn’t yet read, its weathered green spine beckoned. When I broke the book open, Gilead began the … More Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead: A Merciful Mind for Our Contentious Time

How to Speak of Easter Hope without Harming the Humble Christ

Swiss painter Eugène Burnand renders the confusion and hope of Peter and John’s first Easter morning with such poignancy. They’d learned of the resurrection from some women friends who’d been told by an angel, and particularly from Mary Magdalene, told by the risen Christ himself, to tell them.  And then they ran to see that … More How to Speak of Easter Hope without Harming the Humble Christ

Need Evidence? Three Reasons to Increase Your Positive Speech

  Overcoming our negative speech habits is so challenging that it’s tempting to stop working on it.  We fail, and that’s discouraging.  We’re only human, after all. Why keep trying? When our good intentions evaporate and the truth conveyed by saints and scripture no longer inspires, we can always check out what researchers say about … More Need Evidence? Three Reasons to Increase Your Positive Speech

Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves

The late actor John Candy has given us some of the most endearing talkative characters in comedy. Candy had a wonderful way of rendering his subjects as so annoying we’d probably avoid them if we met them in real life, yet he’d gradually reveal a humble, heart-of-gold side of the men he played, the side … More Have a Point: Steve Martin and John Candy Help Us See Ourselves