Mr. Ives’ Christmas (Book Review)

There is rarely apathy when it comes to Christmas. People tend to either love the season–soaking up all that comes with it–or dread it for its painful reminders of broken families and other assorted pains. This tension was clearly understood by Oscar Hijuelos, a recently-deceased, under-sung author profiled in a recent New York Times feature. […]

Why Do Cities AND Rural Areas Matter?

From Matt Smethurst at The Gospel Coalition: “Since our world is becoming more urban, there is an undeniably strategic need for healthy gospel churches in cities,” observes [Stephen] Um, pastor of Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston and co-author of Why Cities Matter: To God, the Culture, and the Church [interview]. Nevertheless, he insists, just because cities matter does […]

Why Cities Matter Garners CT’s “Award of Merit”

Each year’s end brings with it a bevy of lists–best albums, best films, best books, etc. Some quickly dismiss such lists; some eagerly await their release. I’m part of the latter group. I find that year-end lists help me to move outside of my typical cultural sphere, challenging me to enjoy and find merit in […]