A Small Town Writer’s Challenge

I don't know if he meant to, but my friend Matthew Lee Anderson, in the same kind of way you hear on the local nightly news, just said in an ultrasmooth voice, "Now over to you, Michael." In his ever-so-insightful way, Matt called attention to a series of pieces from his Mere Orthodoxy collaborator Jake Meador … Continue reading A Small Town Writer’s Challenge

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‘Tennessee’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkK5eHkY46o I suspect I'll be largely unsuccessful in this, but I wanted to write about what Tennessee means to me. My sister, Ashley, told me about the band above (Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors)  a few months ago. She pointed me to this song, "Tennessee," and it captures almost perfectly my own sentiments about Tennessee. One … Continue reading ‘Tennessee’

Why Go Back to Community Journalism?

The news is public now: in three weeks Julie, Jesse, Miles, and I will be headed back to Tennessee. I've accepted a job with The Greeneville Sun, a daily newspaper in northeast Tennessee, not too far from the Tri-Cities. I'll become the paper's assistant managing editor. We've been telling our friends here in Colorado. Though no … Continue reading Why Go Back to Community Journalism?

Have I Seen You Here Before?

I was surprised earlier today when I checked the backend of this blog and saw today's traffic is a new record — and it was just mid-day. This, no doubt, comes because my friends Rod Dreher and Kara Tippetts both happened to link to something I wrote yesterday about both of them. And for that I'm … Continue reading Have I Seen You Here Before?

Real Characters, Real Cancer

I don’t usually do this sort of thing, but I want to point you to the blog of a friend of ours: Mundane Faithfulness, written by Kara Tippetts. Kara’s husband, Jason, is our pastor. He, Kara, and their four kids moved to Colorado Springs in early 2012 to plant a church. Just a few months after … Continue reading Real Characters, Real Cancer

We Are Consumers and Ascetics

UPDATE: The audio of Father Jensen's lecture has now been posted at Ancient Faith Radio. It's well worth your time. Audio: East Meets West: Consumerism and Asceticism *** Attending Acton University last week in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was one of the highlights of the year for me. Aside from hearing from some speakers I’ve long admired (J. … Continue reading We Are Consumers and Ascetics

My Review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming Posted at Mere Orthodoxy

My friend Matthew Lee Anderson has been kind enough to publish my review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming by Rod Dreher. It's posted at the fantastic blog Mere Orthodoxy. Along with a lot of other folks, I consider Matt one of the most important voices among conservative Christians today (and he's only getting … Continue reading My Review of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming Posted at Mere Orthodoxy