Hauerwas on California

In his memoir (Hannah’s Child: A Theologian’s Memoir) somewhere, Hauerwas says he “doesn’t believe in California.” Only someone from Texas and who lives in North Carolina could utter such a claim. But anyone who lives in Chicago, as I do, during the winter, which we now have upon us, and who flies during that winter [Read More...]

An Obama Reversal

Sarah Pulliam Bailey The Obama administration has reversed a George W. Bush provision that permitted health workers to opt out of services they find objectionable on religious grounds, Rob Stein of the Washington Post reports. The Health and Human Services Department eliminated nearly the entire rule put into effect by the administration of President George W. [Read More...]

A New Form of Discrimination

From Yahoo by Zachary Roth: Anyone facing this? hearing of this? any companies want to speak up? In 2008, Michelle, a 53-year-old Illinois resident with 19 years experience in information technology, became another casualty of the Great Recession. More than a year later, after a long and fruitless job search, she finally heard from a [Read More...]

Finishing Well, an MD’s advice

John Dunlop is a neighbor, a friend, a former fellow church attender — and my personal physician. He’s also now an author of a fine new book on a subject we all need to think about and a subject all pastors face, sometimes weekly. His book is about “finishing well” in this life: Finishing Well [Read More...]

Why we have children … a story

What awakened you to an answer to this question: Why do we have children? Have you thought about? Why do we? From Tim Dalrymple, a former star gymnast at Stanford, at Patheos: I hate the memory of it. I hate it. I hate how stiff my daughter’s body felt in my arms that night. I hate [Read More...]


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