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The turn

Faith & Inspiration | In literature and in life, God’s universe demands it
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 10/25/18, 03:50 pm

There is in poetry a thing called “the turn.” It is that place in the poem where something happens and the verses, be it gently or wrenchingly, are torqued in a new direction. All that was concealed or latent becomes clear at last.

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Dear Philemon

Religion | Paul’s epistle on behalf of Onesimus is a model for letter-writers
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 9/27/18, 10:39 am

Letter-writing is a dying art. So said the postal clerk at Christmastime when I came with a fistful of cards to stamp. They will never go out of style for Christians, of course, because we have nearly two dozen of them in the New Testament, and we can study them any time we want, to know how godly people write.

So I did that. I started with Philemon, because it was short. I figured it must be important too, for why else would someone bother to send it 2,060 kilometers overland from Rome to Colossae on Emperor Augustus’ new roads?

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Heaping doses of contempt

Faith & Inspiration | American public discourse severely lacks ‘heartedness’
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/30/18, 03:17 pm

In a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School last year, Arthur Brooks, of the American Enterprise Institute, analyzed the state of public discourse: “We don’t have an anger problem in American politics. We have a contempt problem in American politics.” Though “Contempt” was not the subject of the lecture, audio engineers chose those comments to feature in a promotional video on Facebook. Within a very short time, the video had received over 12 million views—making Brooks think he might have touched a nerve.

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