On Community

Although apartments stack seemingly endlessly upon each other as urban density exponentially increases, life in the city can feel solitary. When your neighbors sign a one-year lease, is it worth taking the time to get to know them? Without intentionality, no readily apparent reason emerges for beginning a relationship with an apartment neighbor. Homeowners can […]

Book Review: Ecological Intelligence

Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything, by Daniel Goleman (New York: Broadway Books, 2009. 288 pp) As a psychologist, Daniel Goleman writes and lectures to students and working professionals on brain and behavioral sciences. Born in California in 1946, Goleman split his time as an undergraduate between […]

Book Review: Why Business Matters to God

Why Business Matters to God (And What Still Needs to Be Fixed) By Jeff Van Duzer (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2010. 206 pp) Jeff Van Duzer is the dean of Seattle Pacific University’s School of Business and Economics. Previously, he practiced law for more than 20 years with a large international law firm concentrating in […]

Book Review: The Art of the Commonplace

The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry, by Wendell Berry, edited by Norman Wirzba (Berkley: Counterpoint, 2003: 352 pp.) Born in rural Kentucky, Wendell Berry is a farmer, critic, and prolific author. He has published many works in the genres of novels, essays, poems, and short stories. Berry received his B.A. […]

Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee (New York: Grand Central Publishing, 1960.) Born in 1926, Harper Lee is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Although this novel was her only published work, its longstanding success contributed to Lee’s winning the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Lee attended Huntingdon College for […]

Are We Biblically Illiterate?

As Dr. Dave Nienhuis continues to provide readings on the book of Matthew for this quarter’s Lectio, the question of biblical literacy remains relevant. Is our society biblically illiterate? What does it mean to know the Bible? Is it enough to understand the basic stories or should Christians comprehend underlying theological implications of the text? […]