The Joyful Sunday

Yesterday was the third Sunday of Advent, when we light the “joy” candle – the pink one, traditionally. Here’s my reflection: Penitence is hard. It is hard to be reminded that we are fallible, imperfect, inclined to do evil. It’s even harder to adopt the attitude of humility and brokenness about those fallen states we [Read More...]

Comfort Reading

In weather-appropriate links, forget comfort eating: try comfort reading. Why do some books seem comforting? It may be because they take you back to a particular time or place, or perhaps they have that magic carpet capacity, found in the best children’s books, to fly you out of yourself. Sometimes it’s even consoling to read [Read More...]

Getting New Yorkers to Read the Bible

My friend Bethany runs the Park Forum, which is dedicated to helping city-dwellers (particularly New Yorkers) read and listen to the Bible more. And she gave an interview to Christianity Today recently: There’s something about listening to Scripture in community. These letters weren’t meant to be read only in part. People in the time of their [Read More...]

Giving Witness (with the Messiah)

I (like many of you, I’m sure) love Handel’s Messiah, ever since I spent years as a teenager participating in a choir that performed the oratorio every Christmas and Easter. But I thought this piece on the recent performance at Trinity Wall Street (which, incidentally, is two blocks from my office) was interesting: But before the [Read More...]


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