Let it begin with me…

I spend a lot of time online. It is poach-an-egg-on-the-windshield hot outside. Combine the two, and it is entirely possible that my perceptions of today's overheated rhetoric about the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling upholding the individual mandate in the national healthcare bill may be warped. Today's polarized rantfest of despair or gleeful celebration (pick one) over this morning's announcement reminds me once again that our opinions are never just words. Mark Twain said, "Our opinions do not … [Read more...]

Piper, Israel and me

This week, Christianity Today's website featured the first round of volleys between David Brickner, the head of Jews for Jesus and John Piper, author and pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. The question being debated is "Do Jews Have A Divine Right To Israel's Land?" Here is Brickner's post, here's Piper's response.The question is not merely an academic exercise in Biblical hermeneutics about modern Israel's divine right to exist. It also speaks to ethnic Israel's continued … [Read more...]

Parrots Can Not Sing A New Song

Maybe it was the parenting book loaded with cliches written by someone whose oldest child was 6 years old. Or it could have been a Biblegateway.com concordance word search of strung-together topical verses masquerading as a sermon. Or perhaps it was the blog post that was nothing more than regurgitated words the author parroted from his or her favorite superstar teacher/preacher.The content of each was solid enough, I suppose. But in each instance, the speaker's words came across as an echo of … [Read more...]

Short sale by the numbers

It is finished. Thanks be to God.The contracts have been inked, the checks exchanged. We have been released from ownership our Round Lake, IL townhome. We were underwater on the property, and after lots of anguish and consulting with all sorts of professionals (and a bunch of amateurs, who each had opinions to share with us), we decided to try listing the house as a short sale. Our realtor and lawyer both warned us that there were absolutely no guarantees that our bank would approve a short … [Read more...]

#11

"Exile, diaspora and pilgrimage."The words were not much more than a whisper, but the the Voice doing the whispering commanded my reverent attention. The words have been a recurring theme for me during the last few years, but I hadn't paid them much mind recently. Right before we left for Israel at the beginning of May, they came to the foreground again. When that Voice speaks, I pray I listen.Of course, since the words were little more than a string of nouns, I decided to fill in the blanks … [Read more...]

Falling Upward, Chapter 9

I’m blogging through Father Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality Through The Two Halves Of Life. Even if you haven’t read the book, please stick around and join the conversation here if you’re facing a mid-life transition. Father Rohr offers us all some meaty food for thought.Here are links to my previous posts in the series:  Intro — Chapter 1 — Chapter 2 — Chapter 3 —Chapter 4 – Chapter 5 - Chapter 6 – Chapter 7 - Chapter 8 * * * * * * * Father Rohr entitles this chapter "Second Sim … [Read more...]

Review: While He Was Away

David and Penna were inseparable, bound together by the intensity of first love. Penna is a quiet 18 year-old outsider and the only child of a mother with whom she has a complex, strained relationship. She connected with David over their shared passion for art, and their all-consuming relationship created a cocoon around the pair, creating a sense of permanence and invincibility as they faced impending adulthood. But adulthood penetrated the cocoon like an IED as infantry member David headed to … [Read more...]


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