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The Fear of the Lord: An Excerpt from Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark

Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” —Matthew 22:13 My parents did not teach me to call on God … read more »

C. S. Lewis Reviews The Hobbit: An Excerpt from Image and Imagination

A review of Tolkien’s book which appeared in The Times Literary Supplement (October 2, 1939) and in the book Of This and Other Worlds (2000). The publishers claim that The Hobbit, though very unlike Alice, resembles it in being the … read more »

Don’t Miss Rob Bell on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday

Pastor Rob Bell joins Oprah to explore his latest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and discuss why more people are identifying with spirituality over religion. Tune in on Sunday, November 3 at 11 AM ET/PT … read more »

An Excerpt from The Case for the Psalms by N. T. Wright

This book is a personal plea. The Psalms, which make up the great hymnbook at the heart of the Bible, have been the daily lifeblood of Christians, and of course the Jewish people, from the earliest times. Yet in many … read more »

An Excerpt from Discernment by Henri Nouwen

Embracing the Practice in Solitude and Community “We ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord.” —Colossians 1:9–10 NRSV Discernment … read more »

An Excerpt from God’s Other ChildrenBy Bradley Malkovsky

An Indian Village When I arrived in Trichy, in southern India, I was met by Paul Roche’s brother, Adaikalam, a smiling young seminarian who would be with me nearly every waking minute during the next three days, to make sure … read more »

An Excerpt from Revealing HeavenBy John Price

Preface When I became an Episcopal priest in 1965, I knew I would have to deal with death. I had no idea, however, that I would hear so many accounts from people who came back from it. Over the last forty years, I have listened … read more »

An Excerpt from The Myth of PersecutionBy Candida Moss

For the first three hundred years of its existence, the tradition maintains, Christianity was a persecuted and suffering religion. During this period—the so-called Age of the Martyrs—its members were hunted down and executed, and their property and books were burned … read more »

An Excerpt from Beyond the PossibleBy Cecil Williams and Janice Mirikitani

The only thing still holding Glide back, I felt, was that giant white cross at the front of the sanctuary. Backlit by dramatic spotlights, the cross was so imposing that despite my passionate sermons about getting our hands dirty fighting … read more »

An Excerpt from FearBy Thich Nhat Hanh

The Present Is Free from Fear When we are not fully present, we are not really living. We’re not really there, either for our loved ones or for ourselves. If we’re not there, then where are we? We are running, running, running, even … read more »