Not a priest but a boy thumb dug deep in the bowl grinning as he reaches. “Remember,” he says, “You are dust.” Outside, the snow falls and robins puff against the cold. I remember, as I have every day during this year of praying at home, the year Lent began

Read More

Editor’s Note: The term exvangelical has come into vogue recently as more people deconstruct (another trending word) their faith. All the Faith on View authors come from evangelical movements either, Baptist or Pentecostal, and all still hold their faith deeply. Yet, they have differing perspectives on the term of exvangelical,

Read More

The poem, some say, has been given to us for times when prose cannot express the heart. It’s an art form that has been used to elevate, to devastate, and to strike mood. It can be silly and sweet, and it can be a knife. The form of the poem

Read More

See amid the winter’s snow, Born for us on earth below, See the tender Lamb appears, Promised from eternal years. Hail, thou ever-blessed morn! Hail, redemption’s happy dawn! Sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem. -Hymn for Christmas Day, Edward Caswell   That Christ was not born on

Read More

“The first step,” I said, “is accepting that you’re not going to save the world. You’re not.” My comments were directed to a young person in my industry who was facing a mix of professional uncertainty about the future and mid-20s malaise – coupled, of course, with the prospects of

Read More

When I was growing up, whenever I would go on a trip without the family my father would turn to me just before I left and say, “Remember who you are.” As my own children now get older, I realize that who you are is not just shaped by your

Read More

Four years ago, then-future President Donald John Trump gave a speech in Sioux Center, Iowa, that would define not only his presidential campaign but the next four years of his time in office. He could shoot someone in the middle of New York City’s Fifth Avenue, he said, and not

Read More

“Can you tell me what kind it is?” A rock, thrust in my face by my keen-eyed daughter, looked like the kind of shale we’d been examining for the better part of an hour. The front side betrayed three trace fossils, while the obverse held something much clearer – a

Read More

“A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart may discover itself.” -Proverbs 18:2- “We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when  We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass” -“The

Read More

My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his Name. And

Read More

Being in a position of power gives you all the tools you need to be Antichrist. All you have to do is lean in. So says the Devil incarnate in so many words during a long soliloquy in Addison Hodges Hart’s Confessions of the Antichrist. Hart’s short novel, published earlier

Read More

“Whenever ye fall ill, refer to competent physicians. Verily, We have not abolished recourse to material means, rather have We affirmed it.” – Bahá’u’lláh, The Throne of the Inner Temple “ All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell

Read More

I stand in front of the priest, waiting. Grinding a thumb into a container full of black dust, she reaches up and makes two marks on my head, one down, the other over. “Remember you are dust,” she says, “and to dust you shall return.” She squats slightly, reaching her

Read More