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Looking for Meaning

Looking for Meaning

Rebecca’s friend Rachel ran up to her with big news: “I know who the tooth fairy is.” They were in second grade.  The night before, Rachel had awakened while the tooth fairy was exchanging the tooth left under her pillow for a dollar. “It was my dad!” she said....
Reason to Believe

Reason to Believe

An increasing number of people find Christianity implausible these days. They need a reason to believe. They remind me of the 20th Century philosopher Bertrand Russell. He famously wrote an essay called “Why I Am Not A Christian.” Somebody once challenged him about...
Struggling With The Truth

Struggling With The Truth

My father-in-law used to say, “They don’t cut pants as full as they used to.” It didn’t seem to occur to him that he was taking up a bit more space inside those trousers than he did when he was a younger man. This used to make me smile. Until I reached my sixties....
Stretching Your Faith (Part One)

Stretching Your Faith (Part One)

Here’s the first installment of my Wednesday evening series of conversations. Part One is called “Loving as Knowing.” Let me hear your thoughts and questions! These conversation bridge my last book A Resurrection Shaped Life and my upcoming book Looking for God in...
Longing for Mystery

Longing for Mystery

When preschoolers inhabited the Owensby house, bedtime included story time. On some nights, Andrew, Meredith, or Patrick would choose a short and frankly tedious book designed to teach colors or animal names. Inevitably, they would insist that we read it again and...