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Choosing to be Perennials

Choosing to be Perennials

Several weeks ago, the Australian Prime Minister announced that international travel would likely remain on hold until mid-2022. I don’t have a tremendous amount of confidence in such a statement—as my friend, a fellow immigrant to Australia, reminded me recently, the forecast for the future is ever changing.  And yet, to consider for a moment that it could be true, that we could go another year without going home to the U.S. or having family come here, feels devastating. COVID…

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Costly Stewardship: A review of Stewards of Eden

Costly Stewardship: A review of Stewards of Eden

As a transplant from the U.S.A. to Australia, I have spent the past three years trying to acclimate to my new home. In the process, I’ve felt increasingly convicted about my distance from the creation. Facing so many new plants, animals, and habitats that were unknown to me, I realized how little I had known of my previous home. Along with doing my best to know and name the world around me, I’ve also eagerly sought guides to understanding what…

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No Better Gift: The Friendship of Sayers and Lewis

No Better Gift: The Friendship of Sayers and Lewis

In the past year, two writers who made a significant impression on my younger self have pushed back into view: C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers. Through the excellent work of the Rabbit Room and the Anselm Society, I’ve been reminded of Lewis’ imagination and the crucial way it resists a modern and secular society shorn of transcendence. And through a friend who is diving into Sayer’s works, I’ve appreciated again her insistence on Christian art being worthy of the…

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God Breathed by Rut Etheridge

God Breathed by Rut Etheridge

I am my own and I am mine. In the West, we live by this mantra. We proclaim it with exuberance and pride. We write stories and sing about our freedom to be ourselves, to follow our own hearts, to not be restrained or limited by anything outside of ourselves. We’ve cut ourselves free. But what if instead of breaking the chains, we’ve cut off the oxygen? It’s not hard to see that this is the case. Pervasive loneliness and…

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