Essay

Unfinished War

Recently here on The Twelve, colleague Jim Bratt gave a glowing review of Ron Chernow's brilliant new biography Grant.  Among other things, Bratt noted that even as David McCullough's bio of Harry Truman went a long way toward rehabilitating Truman's…
August 14, 2018
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One True Love

By Gregory Love I am reading Under The Mercy, (1988), Sheldon Vanauken’s sequel to his 1977 award-winning book A Severe Mercy. In A Severe Mercy, Vanauken (1914-1996) described the love of his life, his relationship with Jean, whom everyone called “Davy”:…
August 12, 2018
Essay

Where to Find God

I grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, near the edge of the Black Hills. Just behind my home was a church building that housed a number of different congregations over the years – a white evangelical church, a Native…
August 11, 2018
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The St. John’s Bible

He's the Queen's scribe, the man--the artist--responsible for creating England's most important state documents. He's the royal calligrapher, an artist, a past chair of the Society of Scribes and Illuminators (a word so rare my spellcheck red-lines it). He's a…
August 10, 2018
Essay

Lament and Love

I pause today to honor the memory of Anya Krugovoy Silver, an extremely gifted poet and an incredible woman of faith, who died on Monday. She was only 49, much too young. I only ever got to see her at…
August 8, 2018
Essay

An American Girl

My oldest child just turned 17, and both of our worlds are changing. Our date nights at the gym have been replaced with me working out alone and my daughter going on real dates with...why can’t I ever seem to…
August 7, 2018
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When the truth is found to be lies

In Sarah Arthur’s new book A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, she tells of a frequent interaction L’Engle’s daughter Josephine had with fans who had read L’Engle’s memoirs and felt they knew her family well. “You…
August 6, 2018
Essay

Climate Fiction: Three Vectors

As you spend a few last hours this summer in your Adirondack chair under a shady canopy of leaves—with that feeling of autumn’s imminence causing you to contemplate decline, aging, and the end of civilization—you might consider distracting yourself with…
August 4, 2018
Essay

Overwhelmed and Feeling Fine

Twice now I've had people ask me to give more examples of how we can love our neighbor. A common theme in my sermons is how loving God and loving neighbor are deeply connected. We can't love God if we…
August 3, 2018