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

A Refugee Haven

Posted on Mon, Jul 15 2019 in Blog, Travel | 21 Comments

I am flying into Beirut, Lebanon, for a conference, and from the air the city looks to deserve its reputation as “the Paris of the Middle East.”  Upscale… read on

Why I Believe

Posted on Sat, Jun 22 2019 in Blog | 22 Comments

Early in his pilgrimage, the literary monk Thomas Merton wrote, “Very soon we get to the point where we simply say, ‘I believe’ or ‘I refuse to believe.’” … read on

The Second Mountain

Posted on Tue, May 14 2019 in Blog | 38 Comments

Have I ever experienced a day more “head-twisting” than last Thursday in Denver? It began with a gathering at Denver’s snazzy Convention Center. I had agreed to host… read on

Easter at Columbine

Posted on Thu, Apr 25 2019 in Blog | 17 Comments

I spent Easter weekend participating in events commemorating the 20th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, which sits twenty miles from my home. Tension filled the… read on

What Makes Friday Good?

Posted on Mon, Mar 25 2019 in Blog | 23 Comments

Along with most Christians, I have been reflecting on the death of Jesus this Lenten season. How odd, it seems, that we now call the darkest day of… read on

Statistical Love

Posted on Mon, Feb 25 2019 in Blog | 53 Comments

I recently listened to a speech by Peter Singer, the world’s most influential living philosopher, according to The New Yorker. Much of our compassion and charity is misguided,… read on

Aging Grace-fully

Posted on Tue, Jan 22 2019 in Blog | 57 Comments

My grandmother, born in Atlanta in 1899, was a classic Southern woman of the era, with the singular ambition of rearing a family.  She had no checking account,… read on

Melancholy Angels

Posted on Sat, Dec 22 2018 in Blog | 33 Comments

In my years of writing, I’ve not paid much attention to angels. I’ve never knowingly encountered one — knowingly, I say, for how could I tell for certain?… read on

Emerging from the Dark

Posted on Thu, Nov 15 2018 in Blog, Travel | 30 Comments

During Soviet days the authorities arrested and imprisoned my father, a pastor.  He was sentenced to be executed, but Russia was constructing something above the Arctic Circle, so… read on

Farewell, Eugene

Posted on Thu, Oct 25 2018 in Blog | 77 Comments

This week I lost a friend, and the world lost one of God’s favorites: Eugene Peterson. Other blogs and websites are reporting on his achievements as a pastor,… read on