Can We Actually Choose the Stories by Which We Live?

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


My Top Five (Or 10) Book Lists

I have put together a list of My Top Five Books. I have also included a list of...


The Reverend Martin Luther King, Suffering, Hope, and Haiti

Over the last few days, we have been assaulted with the horrifying images of...


Five Traits of a Great Leader

I have been thinking and writing lately about leadership. I don’t usually...


The Hammer, the Train Set, and the BB Gun

Our vivacious, ever-so-verbal, 2-and-a-half-year-old granddaughter, Esmee, told...


It’s Not That Easy Being Green

Kermit the Frog once said so eloquently, “It’s not that easy being...


Video: Are God and Santa Claus Neighbors?

Watch President Eaton’s new video on the biblical imagination and...


Is This the Season to Be Worried?

I am worried. I am worried that people are worried. I am worried that people...


Video: Where Joy, Mystery, and Beauty Meet

President Eaton braves a Seattle rain in his newest video that explores where...


Ashton Kutcher’s Got Four Million Followers

A few of my students have given me a bad time for ragging on texting. For the...


Is There Anyone Anymore Who Will Tell Us How to Write Well?

William Strunk? E.B. White? The Elements Of Style? Does anyone remember those...


People of Faith and the Presumption of Pluralism

I’ve been delighted by the amount and quality of the responses from so many...


What Does It Mean to Separate Faith and Culture?

When John G. Roberts was nominated in July 2005 to become the Chief Justice of...


Found at Starbucks: A Latte and a Big Idea

Watch President Eaton’s newest video about his conversation with a...


Lincoln Spoke for Two Minutes and Changed the World

This last week we did a lot of reading and talking together on campus about the...


Deep Nerves on Health Care

The debate over health care in America seems to have touched some very deep...


In My Absence

It has been a few weeks since I’ve been able to write a post for this blog. I...


Video: Why Community Matters

Watch President Philip W. Eaton’s newest video describing why the best...


Our Hour Upon the Stage

It seems like a lot of people are dying these days. I had that thought this...


Focusing Again on What Really Matters

I’ve been thinking lately that we just have to focus on what really matters....


Really Good Food — and Changing the World

Is it possible that cooking good food can change the world? Or that eating such...


Summer Days With Nietzsche and Hopkins

I am taking a few days of vacation in August, and I love it. Once we get into a...


Living in a World of Colliding Maps

The late, great Jewish novelist Chaim Potok said on my campus some years ago...


To The Moon And Back

I find myself imagining the hundreds of thousands of scientists, engineers,...


Where Does World Change Begin?

I recently attended a fundraising breakfast sponsored by a fine organization in...


What’s The News Today?

The news moves fast these days. The afternoon of Michael Jackson’s sudden...


Energized by Your Comments

I hope you are engaging with me on some of these ideas in this blog. I launched...


Madoff in Hell

Bernie Madoff stood before the judge today for sentencing and received a...


Leading With Grace — What Really Matters

David Hubbard, longtime president at Fuller Seminary, was a towering figure for...


The Encounter: Why We Need Great Teachers

A hugely important person in my life died this week. And I’ve been thinking a...


The Biblical Imagination and the Economy? Really?

“Nobody knows. Nobody knows. Nobody knows” — this was the answer, from a...


Where Does Joy Come From?

I was in Jackson, Mississippi recently, and as I sat waiting in a van outside...


So . . . What’s This Blog All About?

I have this intense desire to carry on a conversation about things that matter...