A Book Questionnaire to Share with All Your Bookish Friends

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Last week The Striped Pineapple completed this bookish questionnaire created by The Girl in the Red Rubber Boots, and I thought it was pretty on-brand for Shasta’s Fog, so I thought I’d join in on the fun. Here goes! What’s the last book that made you cry? Educated by Tara Westover. What’s the last book … Continue reading A Book Questionnaire to Share with All Your Bookish Friends

Update + Chat about Power, Expertise, & Education

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It’s March 11, and I’m still thinking about January 1st. Back in October, I started carefully planning, scheming, and devising New Year’s resolutions. I read Harkavy & Hyatt’s Living Forward the week of Christmas, and two days before New Year’s, I followed their prompts and wrote a Life Plan that turned out to be an … Continue reading Update + Chat about Power, Expertise, & Education

Film Review

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And so we are deeply indebted, Ms. Gerwig. Eliza Scanlen’s shy earnestness (a la Greta Thunberg) produces an unexpected subplot with Christopher Cooper, and it’s a heart-warming “seeing” for which we’re all grateful. But Ms. Gerwig, perhaps more mentionable are the landscapes you’ve created which we’ve always wanted for American period films. New England is … Continue reading Film Review

Does It Matter If I Read the Bible on My Smartphone?

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We all know that printed, paper Bibles are appearing less and less frequently at church (and in the pulpit). We listen to our favorite Bible teacher and snicker knowingly when he says, “Those of you with Bibles can…. go ahead and switch them on.” We’ve forgotten our own printed copies of Scripture, on occasion, and … Continue reading Does It Matter If I Read the Bible on My Smartphone?

Life at Home Upon Returning from a Theology and Arts Conference

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“How was your weekend?” a co-worker asks. (I’ve just returned from a three-day Theology and the Arts conference at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina.) How to say… it was the most inspiring event I’ve been to in a solid five years, I watched some really important poets read verse that made me cry in … Continue reading Life at Home Upon Returning from a Theology and Arts Conference

Poets, and Me, at Duke Divinity’s Theology and the Arts Conference

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Spending 3.5 days in Goodson Chapel at Duke Divinity School, listening to some of the brightest minds discuss theology and the arts is among one of the finer weekends I’ve had this year. A Conference Duke’s Initiative in Theology and the Arts (DITA) exists to promote “a vibrant interplay between Christian theology and the arts … Continue reading Poets, and Me, at Duke Divinity’s Theology and the Arts Conference

Distant Skylines: On Sanctification Through Change

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I last wrote about how “it doesn’t always get worse” and about how sometimes we develop life-giving running rhythms in the back half of a race. For a person going through significant life change, I suppose “developing” was the perfect topic for me, for I’ve spend the last three months on a whirl-wind roller coaster … Continue reading Distant Skylines: On Sanctification Through Change

It Doesn’t Always Get Worse: Thoughts at New Year’s

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Happy New Year’s from Shasta’s Fog! This New Year’s I’m celebrating in the best way, brilliant sunshine bursting through floor-to-ceiling windows at my favorite coffee hotspot downtown, a buzzing atmosphere for family and friends enjoying embarrassingly late brunches. (Travel tip: there’s free parking in downtown Lancaster on federal holidays!) On the first day of the … Continue reading It Doesn’t Always Get Worse: Thoughts at New Year’s