Quick report on my week of no screens. It was a short break. It wasn’t a full break either—I answered some time-sensitive emails and texts, I did some writing on a laptop, and I found myself checking Facebook more than once without even knowing that I had typed the word […]

3 things the screen fast did (and didn’t do) for ...

One of my first goals for the year 2018 is to take a screen fast, perhaps to sprinkle several throughout the year. The first will be one week long, and will begin Monday. My poor husband often has to deal with the “resolution” side of my unbalanced personality. He often […]

3 Reasons to Take a Screen Fast in 2018

In my third full year as a daddy and with child #2 arriving at the beginning of 2017, I expected my reading to fall off significantly. To my surprise, I ended up completing exactly the same number of books as in 2016–all thanks to God and no thanks to baby […]

Top 10 Reads of 2017

The worst sound I ever heard in my life was the sound of a teenage girl’s wail. The girl had just killed a man, probably the only person she would ever kill. She had hit him in her car while he was crossing an intersection on a motorcycle. She would […]

The sound of vehicular homicide

(Note from Justin: this piece was delivered as a meditation at the Lord’s Supper for my church on December 10, 2017. I have chosen to leave the style and address unaltered.) For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night […]

Waiting for Advent at the Lord’s Supper

Of course being a child at Christmas is something you’ll never get back. The particular sleeplessness of the night before is what I always remember most clearly about childhood Christmases. I was always in a bed with my older sister Sophie. We were the keepers of Christmas—old enough to be […]

Christmas, Car Wrecks, and That Surreal Feeling

I don’t know exactly how to put this—pomegranates are my favorite fruit. They have been my favorite since the year I turned thirteen. Formerly my favorite fruit had been mangos. Unfortunately for me, that was the year my father bought an entire case of mangos because they were on deep […]

Love letter to a pomegranate

Note: The following book review was just published on The Gospel Coalition here.   By Justin Dillehay Laziness is a familiar vice. Given the option, most of us prefer the quick and easy way to the slow and hard. Bodily health? Temperance and exercise are too burdensome; just give us […]

Why You Should Let Go of ‘Let Go and Let ...

I was reading in John yesterday, and I came to one of my favorite verses in the book. It’s just after Jesus has fed the five thousand and then been tracked by some bread-groupies. When they find him, he gives a discourse on the physical metaphor they’d witnessed and tasted. […]

Breast and bread

I’m a repeat offender in the sin of discontentment. When we got married I painstakingly explained to Justin that I had a problem called “futurism,” wherein I was always gazing into the future and placing my hopes for happiness on a ship that had yet to come in. He listened, […]

A Case for the Country