Who is Philip Yancey?

For Yancey, reading offered a window to a different world. So, he devoured books that opened his mind, challenged his upbringing, and went against what he had been taught. A sense of betrayal engulfed him.

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Recent Posts

Boomerang Prayers

Posted on Sun, Oct 18 2015 in Blog | 22 Comments

Because I wrote a book with the title Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference? I receive letters and emails from readers who give wrenching accounts of unanswered prayers. … read on


Posted on Thu, Sep 17 2015 in Blog | 11 Comments

If you had met Winston on the street, you would presume him to be a vagrant.  Day after day he wore the same ratty blue jeans and plaid… read on

Jesus and Miracles

Posted on Thu, Aug 20 2015 in Blog | 10 Comments

Having written books with titles like Where Is God When It Hurts and Disappointment with God, I hear from a lot of people who recount their unanswered prayers… read on

Holy Subversives

Posted on Wed, Jul 22 2015 in Blog | 8 Comments

I finally got around to watching The Butler, in which Forest Whitaker plays the fictionalized role of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents,… read on

You Gotta Start Somewhere

Posted on Tue, Jun 16 2015 in Blog | 15 Comments

I know William Willimon as an outstanding preacher as well as a professor and chaplain at Duke University. In this vignette, he gives an account of two elderly… read on

Word Power

Posted on Thu, May 28 2015 in Blog | 9 Comments

As a child I would hear my mother and other adults use a secret code in my presence: for example, “I think we’ll stop for some i-c-e-c-r-e-a-m for… read on

Small is Large

Posted on Thu, Apr 30 2015 in Blog | 49 Comments

I visited a local megachurch recently.  My friend described it as, “You know, one of those big-box churches with one-word names, super-loud music, huge video screens, and long sermons.” … read on

A Dispenser of Grace

Posted on Tue, Mar 17 2015 in Blog | 14 Comments

In Vanishing Grace I describe people I call grace-dispensers.  You don’t have to be a professional, or educated, or especially skilled, to be a good grace-dispenser.  A new… read on

Words Sacred and Profane

Posted on Thu, Feb 19 2015 in Blog | 11 Comments

My latest book, Vanishing Grace, explores how Christians relate to the broader culture, which got me thinking about how words flow back and forth in a linguistic exchange… read on

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christian

Posted on Tue, Jan 6 2015 in Blog | 13 Comments

In November I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to film a portion of a video curriculum on Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis.  It’s the first such curriculum… read on