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

Talking with the Other Side

Posted on Fri, Jan 22 2021 in Blog | Comment

I recently listened to a TED talk in which the speaker asked members of the audience, “Raise your hand if you have a loved one, neighbor, or friend… read on

Disturbing the Universe

Posted on Fri, Dec 25 2020 in Blog | 37 Comments

Unlike most people, I do not feel much Dickensian nostalgia at Christmastime. The holiday fell just a few days after my father died early in my childhood, and all… read on

A Melancholy Thanksgiving

Posted on Thu, Nov 26 2020 in Blog, Writing | 34 Comments

I’ve been working on a modern paraphrase of John Donne’s Devotions, which he wrote in 1623 during a bubonic plague outbreak. One-third of London’s residents would die, and… read on

Showing Us Another Way

Posted on Thu, Oct 22 2020 in Blog | 26 Comments

Again and again this year, scenes of racial injustice have played out before our eyes. African Americans insist that such incidents are nothing new; the difference is that… read on

Election Year Musings

Posted on Sat, Sep 26 2020 in Blog, Politics | 47 Comments

Last year I granted an interview to the Church of Ireland Gazette, a magazine that was trying to interpret US politics for its Irish readers. In view of… read on

Family Secrets

Posted on Sun, Aug 23 2020 in Blog | 25 Comments

I’ve been writing a memoir and, like most memoirs, it deals with family secrets. Unplanned pregnancies, abortions, suicides, addictions, extramarital affairs, prison time—often families don’t speak of such… read on

The Surprising Gift of Solitude

Posted on Mon, Jul 20 2020 in Blog | 35 Comments

For me, one scene captures the manifold tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic. A friend named Dan was already suffering from Lewy body dementia, a brain disorder that affects… read on

After the Protests and Riots, What?

Posted on Fri, Jun 12 2020 in Blog | 60 Comments

In Minneapolis, rioters protesting the killing of George Floyd damaged more than 570 buildings and burned 67 businesses to the ground, many of them minority-owned.  In my city… read on

Praying All the Way to the Bank

Posted on Mon, May 18 2020 in Blog | 34 Comments

As the statistics on illness and death due to COVID-19 keep rising, the economic statistics keep falling. In March the stock market lost more than $11 trillion in… read on

Passover, Easter, and COVID-19

Posted on Mon, Apr 13 2020 in Blog | 20 Comments

On Wednesday and Thursday nights last week, as Jews gathered in some virtual way around the Seder feast, they asked, “How is this night different from all other… read on