Studies Show. . . .

We are a society of studies. We’ve got studies for everything. A study out of...


What’s All This Talk About Enemies?

I don’t walk around thinking about enemies. That’s not a word that slips...


The Front Edge Of Character Formation

At the annual conference for presidents of the Council Of Independent Colleges,...


Waking Up In Radical Amazement

David Brooks has written an extraordinary reflection about the difficulty of...


Back Again

Yikes, some time has passed since I wrote my last blog post. Perhaps as we begin...


Broken Windows In Our City

I thought I would share for my blog readers an Op-Ed I wrote for this...


Becoming Radiant People

Over last weekend I had the privilege of preaching at the historic Lake Avenue...


Sing Us A Song Of Joy

I am delighted to be preaching at all services this weekend, October 12-13,...


On Making The Brain Nice

Some of my best friends are brain scientists. Well, actually, there is only one,...


I Have No Idea What’s Going On

“I have no idea what’s going on”—that’s the way Henry Allen begins...


We Are All Just A Little Crazy

We are all just a little crazy. Did you ever stop and think about that? We like...


Good Leadership And The A-Rod Factor

There’s something fundamental going on with the Alex Rodriquez fiasco. It was...


No Options When It Comes To Good Leadership

When I cut my teeth as a young leader, I tried, like most leaders, to sort out...


Surprise At The McDonald’s In Nogales

N. T. Wright says that we are often startled by the “long-range signposts ”...


John Lennon Got Some Things Wrong, Beautifully

On a beautiful, warm evening last week, Sharon and I attended an outdoor concert...


What Does It Mean To Be Struck By Grace?

I feel like I was struck by grace this past week. Two reflections, by two...


The Night My Dad Died

I have been writing a poem about the night my dad died. It was a very special...


The Little Way To A Good Life

I have just finished reading a remarkable book called The Little Way of Ruthie...


The World Needs Our Universities

Our universities in America are the envy of the world. There are a lot of...


On The Dangers Of Forgetting

I want to offer up a wonderful poem by the late contemporary Polish-American...


What Should We Be Worrying About?

I continue to worry about the persistent devaluing of language. The pressures of...


Following Twitter

Here today, gone tomorrow. Or rather, here for the moment, gone in an instant....


On Loneliness And Love

Edward Hopper is the master painter of loneliness, capturing life in the city in...


What Is Life?

What is life? Most of the time we are too busy even to ask the question, but...


Shakespeare And The Dangerous Power Of Ego

April 23rd is said to be Shakespeare’s birthday. Not sure when you last...


Boston And The Language Of Evil

Somehow on April 15, 2013 those horrific images of carnage at the Boston...


Will Someone Please Answer The Phone?

 Have you read recently one of those warning sheets from the pharmacy on the...


A Poem For Endings And New Beginnings

Here is a poem I have written recently. To be sure it says something about...


Thinking Again About Power

The new Pope is giving all kinds of signals that humility is the highest measure...


Yearning For Christian Renewal

I am watching the developments within the Catholic Church with intense interest...


Simple As Beautiful

We need some answers these days. We need answers to some of our lingering,...


The Downton World: Order And Respect

Sharon and I are watching the first year’s series of Downton Abbey over...


Rome And The Limits Of Taxation

Taxes are in the news these days. Throughout the presidential election, and...


Be Kind, Be Good

I am writing a new book I am tentatively calling A Radiant People: The Christian...


Why Culture? What Is Culture?

I am constantly saying that an understanding of culture is critical to...


A Year Without Politics?

Is it possible we might have a year without obsessive attention to politics? Is...


Thinking About The Year Ahead

I’m not very optimistic about the year out ahead. That’s a hard statement...


A New Thing Is On Its Way

I trust you are off to a wonderful new beginning of 2013. As we look around our...


Messiah In The Mall

With two billion other Christians around the globe, I enter this season of...


Higher Education At A Crossroads

The President of MIT, Rafael Reif, said recently in the Wall Street Journal,...


Christian Families And The Christian University

I received comments on my last post on the “Christian university by the...


The Christian University—By The Numbers

Last spring, the presidents of the thirteen institutions in the Christian...


An Irish Catholic Brawl?

My mother told me never to call someone a liar. In our otherwise energetically...


Up For Grabs

I feel sorry for those replacement refs. Wanting to be a replacement ref would...


Why Ships Sink

David Brooks’ column today ends up being about the Chicago teachers’ strike....


Where Have All The Men Gone?

For years I’ve sat through anguished discussions about why more women...


Cutting College Costs?

In his acceptance speech for the nomination of his party in Charlotte last...


The Monster Under The Bed

Ego is the curse of good leadership. I have come to believe, out of a lot of...


Let Us Show The World Our Shine

I have been thinking again these days about  the notion of joy. We all want the...


May I Disagree With David Brooks, For Once?

  I usually agree with most of what David Brooks writes in his twice-weekly...


The Road Ahead: My Advice To Our Candidates

I find myself wanting to say some things to our presidential candidates. I offer...


A Nation In Decline?

So many writers these days are talking about America as a nation in decline. I...


The Paradox Of Particularity

Great writing grows out of the specific content of a writer’s life. I believe...


Put Out Into the Deep, Part 3

My Last Commencement Speech Philip W. Eaton, SPU President June 9, 2012 On June...


Put Out Into the Deep, Part 2

My Last Commencement Speech Philip W. Eaton, SPU President June 9, 2012 On June...


Put Out Into the Deep, Part 1

My Last Commencement Speech Philip W. Eaton, SPU President June 9, 2012 On June...


A Walk in the Garden Alone

Along with two billion Christians around the globe, I enter this Holy Week...


How to Go About Changing Our Behavior

In his weekly column last week, David Brooks takes up the question of how, if...


Plant growing through crack

Good News for a Bad News World

We are all yearning for good news these days: good news that our dismal economy...


Rick Steele

Profound Truth, Clear Sentences, Such Joy

Last week I received a note from my dear friend, Professor Rick Steele, one of...


Pyramids

Fretting Again About Splintered Culture

I am still fretting about the fact that we don’t read or watch the same...


Steven Pinker - The Better Angels of Our Nature

Are We Less Violent Than Ever?

Stephen Pinker, the Harvard professor who a few years ago famously and fiercely...


Saying Merry Christmas Downtown

I have become subversive. I have begun to say Merry Christmas in downtown...


Call It the Starbucks’ World

We live in a very splintered society. Call it the Starbucks’ world where...


A New Starting Point for Thought

What follows is an excerpt from my opening convocation speech this fall at...


Upside-Down Leadership

I have been speaking and thinking a lot lately about what kind of leadership we...


How Can We Sing the Lord’s Song in a Foreign Land?

This is the question the Psalmist asks. This is the question for all Christians...


On Prayer and the Nation

A couple of weekends ago, in Houston, Texas, a group of organizers staged a huge...


Our Leaders Are on Vacation?

“The world is falling apart, and our leaders are on vacation,” a friend of...


Is Our Culture Going to Make It?

So many people lament these days about something missing in our culture,...


Signs of Fatigue in the Culture

When recently asked what he was reading, Mick Jagger said he had just picked up...


Engaging the Culture in a World Out of Whack

I have always felt that Christians must stay tuned quite intensely to what’s...


The Problem of Pain and God’s Good Assurance

“It is what it is” — I have so often found myself using this phrase. We...


Leisure as a Foundational Principle?

In a previous post I talked about how we have built a culture obsessed by work....


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Letting Go Of Work

I have been thinking about how one lets go of work. Let me say first that I love...


The Christian University Has Something More to Offer

In their recent, much-noted indictment on the failure of higher education in...


A Crisis of Value

Readers responded in remarkable numbers to my posts on building better K-12...


Blame and the Future of Education

I got lots of comments on my last post on the crisis in our schools. I was...


School children from Camden, New Jersey

Education Is Where We Love Our Children Enough

In The New York Times on Sunday, April 10, 2011, Jonathan Mahler has an...


Demaray Clock Tower

Leaders Speaking Out

Several years ago, John T. Casteen III, then president of the University of...


On Solitude One More Time

Several weeks ago I mentioned an article by William Deresiewicz called...


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The Distinctive Culture of a University

Our society is constantly trying to measure the distinctions among colleges and...


A Universal Yearning for Freedom

A week ago two essays appeared in separate newspapers — The Wall Street...


We All Need Solitude

I found myself remarking to a colleague and friend the other day that “I am...


Can We Really Multitask?

Each year in late December David Brooks gives out what he calls the Sydney...


Putting Out Into the Deep

I serve on the national board of the National Association Of Independent...


A Way of Being Human We Never Imagined Before

In his latest book titled After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters,...


What Might Be the Lessons From Chile?

We are still groping to understand the extraordinary sense of triumph as each of...


Parthenon

What Happens When the Culture Collapses?

In her weekly Saturday column in The Wall Street Journal, Peggy Noonan alerted...


John Henry Newman

John Henry Newman and the Soul of the University

I recognize it has been some weeks since I have been active on the blog. I am...


Broken People and the Problem of Community

It was warm in Seattle last night. This is the season for the long evenings in...


Colliding Maps

Choosing Our Stories Carefully

I have written and spoken at length about a comment made on my campus some years...


King James, the Big Decision, and What to Do About Character

The over-hyped LeBron James circus is finally over. We can all take a deep...


Team USA plays Ghana in the 2010 World Cup

Soccer and the Meaning of America

I begin writing these reflections on Saturday morning several hours before the...


Video: A Message to Friends

Watch this brief video of President Philip W. Eaton. He shares some of his...


Can Politics Ever Provide the Solutions We Need?

I am sorry I’ve had to be away from the blog for a few weeks. I have been...


One Final Note on Character, Part IV

One Christmas Eve a couple of years ago, as we began a joyous dinner in our home...


On Character and Education Again, Part III

When I was a young faculty member some years ago we often engaged in some fairly...


On Teaching Character, Part II

Last week on the blog I was reflecting on the profound discouragement we all...


Can We Actually Teach Character Anymore?

It’s Saturday morning, my time for catching up on things, for some reading and...