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

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

The Universe and My Aquarium

Posted on Wed, Dec 17 2014 in Blog | 21 Comments

Some thirty years ago, when I lived in downtown Chicago, I wrote this reflection on my aquarium.  It became a kind of parable with special significance in the… read on

The Church That Keeps On Giving

Posted on Wed, Dec 3 2014 in Blog | 3 Comments

I have fond memories of a church in Chicago that taught me grace. LaSalle Street Church sat halfway between the city’s richest neighborhood, the Gold Coast fronting Lake… read on

Escape of the Introvert

Posted on Tue, Nov 4 2014 in Blog | 38 Comments

I am writing in the middle of a book tour that takes me to seven cities in the U.S.  The tour actually started the day after we returned… read on