Encanto

By Hannah Matis A year ago — was it only a year ago? — Pixar released Soul, with its gorgeous evocation of an African-American neighborhood in New York rather unexpectedly intersected by souls’ transmigratio... Read More...

On Fostering

By Nathan Carr  Olive had lain in the same ICU bed since she was born — 60 days of various oscillators, breathing machines, and ostomy bags, to patch over one surgery to the next. She still had a month to go... Read More...

Taking Time to Attend

By Christopher Wells But yet, O my God who made us, how can that honor I paid her be compared with her service to me? I was then left destitute of a great comfort in her, and my soul was stricken; and that life was torn apart, as it were, which had been made ... Read More...

Why Have Children?

By Victor Lee Austin The point of having children is to increase the number of the saints. In the 1979 prayer book — which in this regard sets forth a more traditional exposition than its U.S. predecessors —... Read More...

Church as Family

By Neil Dhingra Should we think of the church as a family? Tolstoy famously wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way,” and the line also seems to apply to the ch... Read More...

Nourishing Memories, Chapter 1

Early Childhood A continuation of my memoir. By Graham Kings “I must confess, I was born at a very early age.” — Groucho Marx Birth I make the same confession as Groucho Marx. Perhaps, though, it is worth considering whether we are born at the age of... Read More...

Adopted in Baptism

By Clint Wilson I am now at the stage in life where I have become familiar with the plot lines of many children’s stories, including The Giving Tree, The Monster at the End of This Book, The Berenstain Bears... Read More...

Not Ashamed at the Gates

By Sam Keyes   Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant, * even so are the young children. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; * they shall not be ashamed when they speak with the... Read More...