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April 22, 2018
In Which Philip Glass Applauds My Friends While Creating Sublime Beauty
As a writer, Philip Glass is a great composer. I will try to defend this...
April 21, 2018
What I Saw and Heard at Trump Tower
This is not about the President, but about what I saw and heard when part...
April 20, 2018
The Problem of Pitiable Pain
The Agony of the Delayed Flight I think the person in despair, because of our...
April 19, 2018
Plain Faith: Pray, Give to the Poor, Be Ready
Last week we ate some feast food, literally (lamb!) and spiritually. The Holy Week and...
April 18, 2018
Being Reasonable Beats Being Afraid (Unless It is Reasonable to be Afraid)
Some fears are rational, eating sushi from a street vendor in Charleston, and some, fear...
April 17, 2018
God’s Action versus Our Need to Act (Don’t Be John Wilkes Booth)
As I try to understand our mess on race here in the United States, I...
April 16, 2018
Don’t Be John Wilkes Booth
He was handsome and committed to his...
April 15, 2018
International Law: the Best Bad Case for Syrian Intervention
Attacking Syria is not just. Why? As Lindsey Graham put it: “Unless something changes, we...
April 14, 2018
The Christian Case Against the Christian Case for the Strikes on Syria
There is nothing worse than reading a wretched argument from someone who...
April 13, 2018
The Syrian Attack Remains Unethical: Here is Why
I Christians prefer peace to war. We do not rush to war as the first solution...
April 12, 2018
On Racism and Communal “Guilt”
We cannot be sorry for a thing we have not done, yet we might have...
April 11, 2018
Trump, Investigation, Resistance
We are slouching to civil separation, less costly than divorce, but bad for the children....
April 10, 2018
Leave Syria Alone (Send Food, Not Bombs)
Syria is a mess. Let’s not make it worse. I am no expert on the...
April 09, 2018
The Perfect Can Be the Enemy of the Good: On Race (A Small Point)
Whenever I say something about race or racism, certain good hearted friends suggest that the...
April 08, 2018
As one gets ready to become a Christian, a tough question is asked: “Do you...
April 07, 2018
Our Exercise Will Someday Be Done
As a quick glance at my profile at different times in my life would show,...
April 06, 2018
Many Kinds of Work: Hands and Head (Things I learn in Church)
Growing up, Dad would talk to my brother Daniel and me as we walked home...
April 05, 2018
The Prophet Did Not Know
What is happening? What is God doing? We ask this question at times of great...
April 04, 2018
Bad Lincoln: the Deep Reach of White Supremacy
Children should be taught the virtues of good people and as they grow, learn that,...
April 03, 2018
Hard Not to Love, Impossible to Simply Love: the Difficult Diary of Mary Boykin Chesnut
This year I teach some Lincoln, Douglass, and Booker T. Washington: heroes, even if flawed,...
April 02, 2018
Pachinko: Min Jin Lee’s Sprawling, Brilliant Novel
If you have a taste for Victorian novels, and you should, then Pachinko shows that...
April 01, 2018
Palm Sunday Donkey on Easter Day
2018 presented a calendar gap for Christians. 2017 was universal Easter where everybody had a...
March 31, 2018
Borrow an Umbrella (Easter When You Need Easter)
If you are Hope, the Fairest Flower in Christendom, and you face Jamaica's sun, then...
March 30, 2018
Watching Three Billboards with Karen Swallow Prior (with Flannery O’Connor and Buffy the Vampire Slayer!)
Some people are so interesting that anything is better if they are there to talk...
March 29, 2018
Finding a Soul in God’s Image (Reflections on a Brothers Karamazov Discussion)
Pascha is the season of love. Love is the fundamental passion, the disposition to which...
March 28, 2018
On Not-So-Divine Images
Be an icon, not an idol. Humans cannot...
March 27, 2018
“The Emperor Constantine,” Dorothy Sayers, and A Movie on Saint Paul
Dorothy Sayers wrote a nearly forgotten play The Emperor Constantine and reading this fine piece of...
March 26, 2018
Trickster Education: An Initial Reaction to an Important Book
I learned a good bit from Trickster Chases the Tale of Education by Sylvia Moore. This...
March 25, 2018
The Annunciation: Saying “Yes” to God
Mary said “yes” to God. A woman’s consent was the pivot point of history. We...
March 24, 2018
You’ve Been Left Behind: Remembering the Larry Norman Song
Satan Rules! It is on a record if you play it backwards! We used to...
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