Article Archive

The Holy Church of CrossFit

With actual churches failing to provide community and sustenance, Millennials are turning to trendy workout classes.

September 17, 2018

‘Monster’ Turns Our Farmers into Serfs and Sharecroppers

The Grapes of Wrath and its vision of enslavement to big agribusiness isn’t just our past—it is our present too.

September 10, 2018

How Did You Read This Summer?

If you devoured books for simply utilitarian reasons, you’re not alone. So give it a rest.

September 3, 2018

Our Civic Institutions Are Self-Destructing

To avoid widespread tribalism and alienation we must commit to rebuilding anew.

August 27, 2018

Motherhood Brings Fulfillment Out of Brokenness

Our bodies are hollowed out with pain, yet it’s in that sacrifice that true happiness lies.

August 20, 2018

The Art of the Stroll

For my Grandpa, walking was about a series of stories: a process of taking it in, and when I was with him, sharing.

August 14, 2018

Nick Offerman and the Limits of TV Craftsmanship

His new show focuses too much on Etsy-style arts and crafts, but it’s worth watching anyway. Here’s why.

August 6, 2018

Congress, Not Trump’s Trade War, is the Root of Farmers’ Woes

The president’s tariffs are hammering agriculture but it’s the annual farm bill that first set this unsustainable course.

July 30, 2018

Netflix’s ‘Anne With an E’ is a PC Fail

The show tosses the treasured Avonlea plot lines in favor of confronting racism and gender roles, cross-dressing, and a ‘queer soirée.’

July 23, 2018

The Urban-Rural Divide More Pronounced Than Ever

Polls find the politics of place has intensified—even though we all contending with the same problems.

May 29, 2018

The Sad Decline of Barnes & Noble

The iconic bookstore chain, by trading books for cafés and Legos, has forgotten its telos and guaranteed its downfall.

May 21, 2018

What Happens When a Small-Town Family Goes Corporate?

Chip and Joanna Gaines won hearts on their show “Fixer Upper.” But can they stay relatable as their brand expands?

May 14, 2018

Where Should Christianity Draw a Line in the Sand?

New book says the faith provides room for disagreement, nuance–even flexibility.

May 8, 2018

Untangling the Ethics Around the Life and Death of Alfie Evans

As our power to artificially sustain life grows, the harder it becomes to determine who, when or if it’s right to stop such efforts.

April 30, 2018

Remembering the ‘Spooky Wisdom’ of Our Agrarian Past

Despite modern innovations, we somehow ‘just know’ how to do things the right way.

April 23, 2018

The Collapse of Manners

Winsomeness and gentlemanliness are being undermined by the online race to rage.

April 16, 2018

Sinclair and the Fake News Battle That Never Ends

With everything corporatized and everyone in their own bubbles, can the media still function as it needs to?

April 9, 2018

How the Cult of the Colossal Imperils American Agriculture

Stressed-out farmers today only grow food for global consumption, and that is leading to a crisis at home.

April 2, 2018

Marriage Takes a Village

It isn’t just about “happily ever after.” It’s about community, and the lack of it is tearing our marriages apart.

March 26, 2018

Conor Lamb’s Localist Campaign

The Pennsylvania Democrat eschewed ideological litmus tests and appealed to his community. That’s less common than it used to be.

March 19, 2018