It’s the belief that all of us are broken, that no timber is made straight, that life is intended to be a series of struggles and lessons — and that all of this builds moral fiber and strength of character. I WAS SITTING in a job interview — at a … [Read more...] about David Brooks: From crooked timber to a life of service
I WAS SEVERAL years out of my Conservative Mennonite community before I ran into the author Philip Yancey. During that confusing season, I somehow managed to join, piecemeal, an Episcopalian church, a Presbyterian church, and a … [Read more...] about Philip Yancey: The Wanderer (Part 1)
I FIRST MET Walt Walker when I was a junior at Malone College in Canton, Ohio. I was studying to be a teacher, and the requirements for an Ohio Teaching Certificate demanded I do ten weeks of student teaching. When I checked in at the front … [Read more...] about Walt Walker: How Not to Quit Your Job
IT’S ONE OF the things you experience as a new member of a church — you get invited for dinner. In our case, I quickly turned one of those invitations from our pastor and his wife by inviting them for dinner to our home. We’d do dinner at our home … [Read more...] about Ada Schlabach: Learning to Party with Ada
AN OLD JOKE — A born-again Baptist dies and goes to heaven. He is met by St. Peter, who begins to show him the wonders of heaven: water of life, golden streets, personal mansion, a special pew in the heavenly choir. But something odd happens as … [Read more...] about Memoir: Tent Revivals, Wayward Husbands, and Chicken Dinners
MY YOUNGEST BROTHER Richard once told me that I should buy a BMW. “It’s your kind of car,” he said. I’ve recently been thinking about his comment, and what he meant by it. So I asked a friend of mine who loves BMWs to explain why it’s such a … [Read more...] about Memoir: What’s in a B-210, anyway?