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

The Secret of Memoirs

Posted on Thu, Jul 28 2022 in Blog, Writing | 32 Comments

When I decided to write a memoir, I went to the library and methodically made my way through every memoir on their shelves. For years I had been… read on

“No man is an island…”

Posted on Thu, Jun 23 2022 in Blog | 30 Comments

I’ve written several books about pain and suffering, and in 2013 I wrote yet another one, titled The Question That Never Goes Away. It recounted my visits to… read on

Why Go Back?

Posted on Thu, May 26 2022 in Blog | 34 Comments

An Associated Press poll last year reported that three-quarters of churchgoers in the U.S. plan to resume regular in-person attendance as the pandemic subsides. The pastors I know,… read on

Music Amidst the Rubble

Posted on Thu, Apr 21 2022 in Blog | 20 Comments

As Holy Week approaches each year, I turn to my favorite part of the Gospels, John 13-17. Many other passages seem rushed. They leave me longing for more… read on

No More Tears Left

Posted on Thu, Mar 17 2022 in Blog | 40 Comments

For more than a month the world watched as Russian forces encircled the nation of Ukraine, while staunchly insisting they had no plans to invade. Now we watch… read on

The Incredible Shrinking Planet

Posted on Thu, Feb 17 2022 in Blog | 44 Comments

Where I live in the Rocky Mountains, you can see several thousand stars with the naked eye on a clear night. All of them belong to the Milky… read on

Death Comes for “the Arch”

Posted on Sun, Jan 9 2022 in Blog | 28 Comments

The son of a schoolteacher and a domestic servant, Desmond Tutu would grow up to become a prominent figure on the world stage. With Nelson Mandela locked behind… read on

The Hopes and Fears

Posted on Thu, Dec 23 2021 in Blog | 44 Comments

I’ve always had mixed feelings about Christmas. As I sifted through memories of the season while writing my memoir, Where the Light Fell, I better understood why. In… read on

Thanksgiving Derailed

Posted on Thu, Nov 25 2021 in Blog, Travel | 16 Comments

The year was 1982, one of my first trips overseas. I got a sore neck, turning this way and that to take in the sights of the five-ring… read on

What Makes a Church Toxic?

Posted on Thu, Oct 28 2021 in Blog | 63 Comments

When I discuss my recent memoir, Where the Light Fell, often I use the phrase toxic church to describe the extreme form of Southern fundamentalism I grew up… read on