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Of Nietzsche, Feuerbach, and Dark Nights of the Soul

Few people have ever written as penetrating a critique of faith and religion as have Friedrich Nietzsche and Ludwig Feuerbach. “God is dead,”...

On litmus tests for Christian discipleship

We live today with a lot of polarization, both inside of our churches and in society at large. There is something healthy in...

Something needs to be said to those left behind

Every year I write a column on suicide. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but I do it because there is too little...

God is always richer than our concepts and language

G.K. Chesterton once said that one of the reasons he believed in Christianity was because of its belief in the trinity. If...

Simplifying spiritual vocabulary, how challenging

Somewhere near his 75th birthday, Morris West wrote a series of autobiographical essays entitled, “A View from the Ridge.” In the Prologue of...

Struggling to be inside the present moment

During the last years of his life, Thomas Merton lived in a hermitage in an attempt to find more solitude in his life....

Remembering the gift that was Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen was perhaps the most popular spiritual writer of the late 20th century and his popularity endures today. More than seven million...

Struggling with my father’s blessing

My father died when I was 23, a seminarian, green, still learning about life. It’s hard to lose your father at any age...

Following Jesus, according to the Letter or the Spirit?

I work and move within church circles and find that most of the people I meet there are honest, committed, and for the...

Struggling to understand the pain of suicide

Recently a friend attended the funeral of a man who had taken his own life. At the end of the service the deceased...
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