A Prodigal’s Return

Article by Marilynne Robinson

Set parallel in time, place and theme to Gilead, her prizewinning novel of 2004, Marilynne Robinson’s new novel, Home, takes the reader inside the home of retired Presbyterian pastor Robert Boughton for another perspective on Jack Boughton, the black sheep of the family, who left Gilead as a young man after fathering a child. Now, …

A Way to Live

Article by Trudy Bush

Books by Trudy Bush: Practicing Our Faith: Away of Life for a Searching People. Edited by Dorothy C. Bass. Jossey-Bass, 256 pp. Practicing Theology. Edited by Miroslav Volf and Dorothy C Bass. Eerdmans, 265 pp., Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens. Edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. Upper Room, 304 pp. …

Acting Out Faith Through Organ Donation

Article by Mark Moran

Rarely in recent history has there been a scientific advancement that has not shaken the foundations of Judeo-Christian faith. And hardly ever has scientific virtuosity actually invited a reaffirmation of basic Christian themes or opened up new possibilities for their application. However, the transplantation of human organs and the possibility of organ donation may be …

Bound to be Free

Article by Reinhard Hütter

At the end of the popular movie Braveheart, just before being beheaded, the Scottish hero William Wallace utters his last word: "Freedom." In light of this cruel ending, many might want to respond with a sigh of relief and a sense of pride: "I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m …

Buying ‘Christian’

Article by Aubrey B. Haines

Christianity, rightly understood, seeks to unite people in common community — not to raise barriers and separate them because of theological differences. Text: For years campaigns have occasionally been waged to persuade the public to buy locally or even to buy only American-made products. Now in the religious realm a kind of “born-again” Yellow Page …

Caring for Our Generations

Article by John Patton

As a specialist in pastoral counseling, I am concerned that the family often celebrated by the church is different from the family I see in my clinical practice. I see many single persons, persons separated and divorced, persons in second marriages, and families with children from two different marriages. In contrast, much of what is …