Where is God when it is fine?

Israel’s sacred history struck me as odd when I was a young man: the better Israel did, the less she loved God. No longer young, I live the problem and so understand. In my case at least, what is true of a community is true of me. When God is good to me, He can [Read More...]

The Easter Bunny and the Blood Moon: Two Worries

We live in perilous times: Putin moves on Ukraine and Iran is getting the bomb, but if you follow the signs of the times, then you already know that this is true. What signs are these? Easter season is not just one day, but a period of time, and we are now in that time. [Read More...]

Knowing Pain, Growing in Pain

Christianity reserves all sexuality to the act of marriage, but not everyone can get married in the Faith. Millions of Christians will never get married, because nobody wishes to marry them or the people they love do not want to marry them.* As the number of people getting married in the West declines, and as we marry [Read More...]

Letters to William: On God (Part II)

Dear William, Every kid that experiences God discovers, with joy, that most other people have contact with the Divine. There comes the moment, however, when he discovers many different religions or denominations. My acquaintances who are atheists always make a big deal about this moment of discovery, so it may be at the heart of [Read More...]

Letters to William: On God (Part 1)

Dear William, You have kindly let me share our correspondence with other people (at least my mother reads this blog). As a fairly new Christian (four years), you are beginning to think about your faith. This is good and a natural part of being a faithful Christian and I appreciate the chance to share my [Read More...]

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...]


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