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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 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 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 05, 2018
The Prophet Did Not Know
What is happening? What is God doing? We ask this question at times of great...
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 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 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...
March 21, 2018
Mercy and Help for the Powerless
You cannot read the Bible well and not wish to help the poor and the...
March 18, 2018
Three Billboards and Some Orange Juice
The movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri tried too hard to be Best Picture. As a...
March 17, 2018
Authenticity seems like a great goal. Who wants to talk to someone pretending to be...
March 15, 2018
The First World Series Win (Go Astros!), the Packers, Fandom, Marriage, and Next Season
When we moved to Houston, friends could not give away tickets to an Astros game....
March 14, 2018
Oprah is the Book of Judges: Every Man Does What Seems Right In the Tyrant’s Eyes
The Book of Judges ends with a sad description: “A man did what right according...
March 13, 2018
A Sadness that Does not Lead to Despair (Consolation of Philosophy)
I am often (deservedly) sad. This sadness is especially appropriate for the wrongs I have...
March 12, 2018
Boethius was a good man, but a tyrant was about to kill him. This is...
March 11, 2018
Can you ask God to leave?
We once told our son we were praying while at Disneyland. Our little boy pointed...
March 10, 2018
Still Sad: the Ongoing Pain of Death
Death has made me cry lately. That’s a Christian response to suffering. Jesus wept. We...
March 07, 2018
Here is a statement from God’s messenger: Woe to those who decree iniquitous decrees, and...
March 06, 2018
No Party at a Public Hanging (The Consolation of Philosophy)
Nobody should have a party at a hanging, even if the hanging is just. We...
February 28, 2018
The Need for “The Elders” (a poem by Mari Evans)
The great victory of the Civil Rights movement was not given to the African American...
February 27, 2018
When I was a boy, I was entirely unable to make crafts. To hand me...
February 26, 2018
This Love for God
Yet there is a light I love, and a food, and a kind of embrace...
February 22, 2018
Hope and Billy Graham
She never met Billy Graham, though everyone of our generation knew his name. She is...
February 20, 2018
Yes, there are replies one can use to put a brake on this hasty argumentativeness,...
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