Flailing Fists of Fiery Faith: Angry Words at Dearborn’s Arab Festival

“And they’ll know you are Christians by your love, by your love….” Easy to sing.  Not so easy to remember, when you’re facing off with someone from the Other Side.  Y’know what I mean?Dearborn, Michigan has the distinction of having the highest population of Muslims per capita of any city in the United States.  Approximately 30% of Dearborn residents are Arab-American.So it’s no surprise, then, that Dearborn would host the annual Arab International Festival, the largest outdoor gathering of A … [Read more...]

The Mystery of the Three-in-One

Today is Trinity Sunday.  It’s so darned easy to take that for granted—to listen to the Gospel with the ears of someone who has heard that old story s-o-o-o many times before, then to drive back home, mow the lawn and enjoy your Sunday dinner and maybe a movie.But wait!  What is this “three persons in one God” stuff really about?The word “Trinity” never shows up in the Bible; but with the eyes of faith, you can find it all over the place.  Remember when Jesus was baptized by John in the Jorda … [Read more...]

THE COEXIST CONUNDRUM: A Noble Goal, or Pie-in-the-Sky Ideology?

Can’t we all just get along?Do you remember Rodney King?  He was the African-American who was beaten by Los Angeles police officers after a traffic arrest in 1991.  The beating, which was caught on videotape by a bystander—and the subsequent acquittal of the officers involved—enraged the black community in that city and sparked a race riot which played out on television screens across  America.  Before it was over, more than 7,000 fires had been set, the city had sustained nearly $1 billion in … [Read more...]