On Loving and Honoring My Parents

How do you honor your parents or childhood church if you fundamentally disagree with important aspects how you were raised? I am not talking about situations or structures where the law must intervene. The state exists in our broken world to bring justice and any healing, hope, or forgiveness can often happen only after justice is done. [Read More...]

Middle March Advice from Middlemarch

It is the middle of March, so I am reading Middlemarch. This plan has been much more cheering than the year I studied Julius Caesar during the Ides of March. Middlemarch may be the best novel written in English, though perhaps not. Unlike Pride and Prejudice, the novel meanders and it does not sparkle with [Read More...]

Canaanite Prize: Who will win this year?

Noah is in the news. He is famous for his ark and the grace he found in the eyes of the Lord, but his struggle with drunken behavior is less well known. A man who saw the world before the Flood destroyed it evidently could not face life in the wreckage and so he drank, [Read More...]

And yet we must dream . . .

Not all dreams are valid and some dreams must die for our good, but yet like Joseph, religious believers are called to be dreamers. Our dreams are to be the dreams God gives us, those that will make us our true self, not the self we imagine, but the self He created us to be. [Read More...]

The Ratatouille Trap

 Ratatouille: a beautifully made movie based on a jaw-dropping premise: rats in the kitchen. It works, but do not ask me how. Visuals of rats running about the kitchen as workers with one as chef should make me gag, but they do not. Even better, the film has a fascinating moral: not everyone can be a [Read More...]

Dreams aren’t always “valid”

Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar for an outstanding job as an actor in an important movie. Nothing bad about those facts and important to celebrate. Fortunately, Hollywood, which never loses a moment to celebrate itself, has done so. Lupita Nyong’o won an Oscar and since chances to do so (and actual wins) have been rare for [Read More...]


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