“And now a few words from our president.” The countless opportunities that the president of a seminary has to make himself heard could produce nothing more than pleasant chatter. But in the hands of Mouw, an accomplished philosopher and theologian and president of Fuller Theological Seminary, these short reflections are chewy rather than soft, and they stick to one’s bones. The title essay explains why the author prays in fast food restaurants: “If I am hurrying through a crowded mall and suddenly meet someone I know, I greet the person, even though I haven’t had time to get into an especially friendly mood.” The noise, impersonality and grease of Burger King are actually, “properly understood, gifts from the Lord.”


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