5 mins

Declaration of Interdependence

Twenty-three years ago Andi and I founded a non-profit called Art House America. Our mission is simple. Champion creativity for the common good and nurture anyone looking to explore an artful, faithful life. We trust that the person and story of Jesus represents a new way to be human, and so Art House America affirms ...

5 mins

Access and the Way of Love

This past Saturday I led a conversation at Hutchmoot in Nashville, a weekend event filled with discussion centered on art, the Christian way, and telling stories across a range of subjects and mediums. My topic was The Whole World Is Listening In – an idea at the heart of this blog. Whether you’re a priest ...

4 mins

Seamless Integrated Story

Years ago I was enrolled in a distance learning class via Covenant Theological Seminary (as I am again now). Professor Jerram Barrs assigned a book titled The Fabric of Faithfulness. I was so impressed by the book that I sent a note of respect and appreciation to the author, Steven Garber. He kindly wrote back ...

5 mins

God and Family

When I think of Bridgeport, California in the 1970s I think of only one thing: skinny-dipping. People used to park at the bridge and walk upstream to what amounted to an ad hoc nude beach, a place committed to eliminating the mysteries of the human form. In retrospect, it would’ve been better to let mystery ...

6 mins

Imagination and the Bonds of Affection

Last week’s blog post pivoted on the controversy surrounding Recognized Student Groups at various American universities. The post received the most views of any published so far, resulting in a diverse collection of responses. Some readers liked my take on the question of intellectual integrity. Others questioned my intellectual integrity and honesty. Some felt it ...

6 mins

Discrimination or Intellectual-Lite?

I discriminate. I have a prejudicial bias toward some people. For one, I discriminate against pedophiles (people sexually attracted to children), but particularly those known by their community as sexual predators or traffickers who have been convicted of sex crimes against children. I set pedophiles apart as a particularly wounded people who should never be ...

2 mins

Rest and Read: A Labor Day Tribute

Almost twenty-five years ago my wife Andi (Ashworth) and I visited a country church for sale in the Nashville community of Bellevue. We eventually purchased the building and began the most exciting and challenging period of our lives – one that’s still unfolding. Much could be said and written about our time here as people ...

5 mins

Intolerant Tolerance

I’ve been thinking about the West. Not western civilization per se, but west as in West to California! I was born in Yuba City, California, a first generation Californian of the okie migration of the 1930s – my mother, born in Durant in ’36 landed in Yuba City in ‘39. My Louisiana family came west ...

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