By Cathy Luchetti
So I’m reading the New York Review of Books and gazing out over the trees of Claremont Canyon that rise up through the mist. The view, gentle as moss, seems just right for catching up on reading. I’ve canceled the Economist because I just couldn’t keep up every week. The Economist is like the gym, a place to go and work out just to stay in shape.
So now, curled-up, comfy, and scanning page after page of book reviews, my mind seems satisfied by a short essay about the book, in the same way that it used to get from reading the book. The results of a shrunken attention span! And it’s not just me. I hear it from my friends: Continue reading
By Jackie Knapp
I hate goodbyes.
Pooh, Piglet and Paul offer good wisdom on goodbyes.
Almost as much as Lloyd in Dumb and Dumber. Maybe more.
When my best friend moved away in kindergarten, I cried myself to sleep for weeks.
I was the girl who wept at the end of summer camp in jr. high. Not a full summer, mind you. One week. Seven days.
So many feelings.
You would think that as an adult, I would have hunkered down in a singular place and never moved. But instead I’ve chosen a life full of goodbyes.
By Laura Humphrey
A Homemade Fathers’ Day card
Last Sunday was Fathers’ Day. In my family this holiday was considered “another card-company-money-spinner,” although Mothers’ Day did not suffer the same derision. Something to do with Fathers’ Day being a too-recent addition to the calendar to be trustworthy, whereas Mothers’ Day has the weight of years behind it. But that’s the English for you. Continue reading
Salvation Mountain | Photo by Heather Quinn
The wiry New Englander who pulled his truck up to a barren stretch of the Imperial Valley near Niland, California, felt called to the desert. The land, stretching out in vast pale ripples, bumps up close to Baja and lurks east of the Salton Sea — a lonely stretch that ignites the imagination and pulls at the soul, and causes people to stop there and live, sometimes forever. Continue reading
Andy referenced ‘The Banjo Lesson’ by Henry Ossawa Tanner in his lecture
The Avodah Project welcomed Andy Crouch, author and executive editor of Christianity Today this past Saturday. Andy had some compelling stuff to share on how Jesus spoke about about power and privilege – and the implications that has in the here and now.
If you missed out on the event itself, do take time to listen to the recording of the lecture.
For years now, “eco” has been a big deal in popular science. We have ecotourism, ecosystems, ecofriendly, ecosphere and so much more. Yet today, “neuro” demands its share of attention. There’s already children’s game, “Neuro Jeopardy” and a dog food that’s replaced “nutro” with “neuro.” Modern magnetic imaging has the extraordinary ability to track reactions within the fourteen major parts of the brain — more, if you count the subsections. The brain’s “lighting up” through neuroimaging and our ability to read the results may have significant commercial applications — possibly neuro pilates, or neuro wine tasting?
By Iljin Cho
In the Bay Area, fasting is rarely talked about or pursued. Consequently, it is convicting to know that Jesus was a fan of fasting: before starting his ministry Jesus fasted for forty days (Matthew 4:2); Jesus devoted a section of the Sermon on the Mount to talk about the heart behind fasting (Matthew 6:16-18); Jesus also said that Christians will be fasting (Matthew 9:15). Fasting is an action of giving up what is permissible, such as food, for a period of time to depend and focus more on God. We humble ourselves and believe that Jesus, the living water and bread of life, is our true source of fulfillment. Please join me in fasting, if you are able and willing, this Good Friday! Continue reading
By Jackie Knapp
I have a confession. Easter has never been my favorite holiday. Growing up, it felt like church services that were too long, lilies that were too smelly, and meat that was too sweet. In my adult years, I participated half-heartedly, often skipping town to go to the beach for the weekend, feeling guilty for not caring more.
By Andrew Hoffman
Spiritual growth mostly happens organically: a bit of scripture unexpectedly leaps from the page right into an aching hole in our heart, a sermon one Sunday feels aimed directly at us, a friend’s voice suddenly comes through the phone with the exact phrase we needed to hear or, as if from the sky, a truth about God that we’ve previously known explodes into our minds with an entirely new resonance. These kinds of moments cannot be planned, governed or manufactured. Most spiritual growth happens organically.
By Cathy Luchetti
The light was red. Then it turned green. All seemed normal at the corner of College and Claremont in North Oakland until the traffic light suddenly blared, “Walk Like a Dog!” So loud and so specific it startled me. Continue reading