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One evening Kris and I dined in a lovely hill town called Lucignano, and one of our greatest delights about traveling in Italy is wandering and finding some small village or some city off the maps of tourists. Maybe our […]

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Once again, Mary Veeneman, professor in theology at North Park University, steps up to guide us into understanding Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent statement. This is a two-part post and tomorrow Mary will explore the significance of this new statement. […]

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Our friend, PW, writes posts for the Jesus Creed blog on what it is like to be a pastor’s spouse (in her case a “wife” — hence, PW). This one is about weddings, and I’d love to hear some pastor […]

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We were away when Jimmy Carter’s oft-repeated idea about women and the Southern Baptists was recirculated in the media: he’s evidently withdrawn from the Southern Baptist Convention over its tightened up restrictions on women and his perception that it has […]

A friend sent this to me … and I think it might come from Jay Leno. Anyway … TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!  First, we survived being born to mothers who  took aspirin, ate […]

I recently wrote a piece for Neue Quarterly (p. 94 ff) that works out an idea from The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible . And Kyle Strobel interviewed me for his blog, Metamorpha, about Fasting: The Ancient […]

Here is a letter from a reader and I’m wondering what you think? As an Anabaptist, I’m aware of this issue from a variety of angles, not the least of which is that violence and God’s kingdom are at odds. […]

Andy Stanley contends there is one question that, if we ask it each time we make a decision, it will bring clarity to the important questions and problems and dilemmas in your life. Asking and answering this question could have […]

What do you think is on the mind of Chesty, the Marine’s mascot?

Which of the sisters below is Kris? We’re just outside St. Claire’s in Assisi, my favorite place in the world. Behind Kris is the wide Umbrian expansive plain. And it is there that one can find St Francis’ Portiuncola.

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