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One by One by One

When we count objects in our everyday lives, our minds can generally get by with simply distinguishing between one, two, three, and “many.” So what happens when we’re confronted with thousands, millions, and billions? These numbers are hard to conceptualize … read more »

The Power of Ritual

American religion isn’t declining—it’s transforming. We all know the statistics. Forty percent of Millennials describe themselves as nonreligious, and most likely that number will rise for Gen Z. This spring, the Southern Baptist Convention announced that its membership had shrunk … read more »

Paul and Me

Paul got under my skin early on. I read Philemon—short and simple—at the age of four. When, ten years later, I had to choose a special study topic in a school class, I opted for “The Journeys of Paul,” though … read more »

Fasting for Body and Soul

Every world religion includes fasting as a spiritual practice. Buddhists fast. Hindus fast. Jews fast. Muslims fast. Mormons fast. And for most of the last two thousand years, Christians fasted—a lot. Traditionally, every Wednesday and Friday were Christian fast days. … read more »

My Father’s Code: Faith, Family, and Service

Like most members of the Greatest Generation, my father, Roddie Edmonds, a humble American soldier from East Tennessee, rarely spoke about his experiences during World War II. Not even I knew the full details of Roddie’s capture at the Battle … read more »

For the Frustratedly Christian, the Formerly Christian, and the Barely Christian by Peter Enns

Well, I went and did it. I went and wrote another book on the Bible. Is there something wrong with me? Probably. Who knows. But let me get to my point. I actually had a reason for writing How the … read more »

A Little Book of Big Ideas by Alexandre Mars

Giving has always been a pillar of Abrahamic religions, and most people of faith today continue to observe some form of tithing on a regular basis. The money raised in weekly offerings helps congregations operate and reach out to the … read more »

Unexpected Turns by Diana Butler Bass

Autumn has arrived. If you live in a place with four seasons, you know what to expect. In the coming weeks, the days grow shorter, the leaves will change, and fall harvest will fill our markets with abundance. Familiar holidays … read more »

Divisions in the Sixteenth Century and Now: Why the Reformation Still Matters by Brad S. Gregory

Americans today confront many concerns competing for their attention at a time of deep political division, cultural conflict, environmental problems, and socioeconomic inequality. So it’s reasonable to expect some justification, beyond escapist entertainment, for a book about what happened in … read more »

N. T. Wright on Paul: A Biography

I looked up at the “departures” board one more time. The flight from Cluj (Romania) back to the UK had been delayed by a further hour. A double frustration: First, would I make my connection at the other end? Second, … read more »