Here's a fourth piece I've written for the Christian Standard this year--this one on the importance of friendship. (Actually they let me adapt a piece I'd written not long ago as an editorial in Wineskins.) I've been trying to practice what I preach the past couple days. I've been with three buddies up in Vermont hanging out. It's a trip I've made every year for a long time to be with these guys. One's from Arkansas, one's from Vermont, and one divides his time between Vermont and Boston (where he is a prof). This year there wasn't much hiking because it's been raining in the NE for 40 days and 40 nights, or something like that. But with the Angels and the Cardinals in the playoffs and with plenty of good food, we did just fine.