My Sister’s Name is Doha

About once a month, Penny and I take a special trip to Panera for lunch. Tuesday was the day. “Let’s go out to lunch,” I said. “At a restaurant?” she asked. “I like a restaurant!” We stood in line, and I picked Penny up so she could see over the counter. The woman taking our [Read More...]

Lenten Reflections: Lenten Lapses

On Ash Wednesday, we knew that March would bring with it vacation. Nearly two weeks of vacation, in fact. A week in Virginia with old friends, and then a long weekend in California. And on Ash Wednesday, we made the decision to abstain from alcohol as a Lenten discipline, including those vacation days in March. [Read More...]

What does God have to say about disability?

A while ago, I read a scholarly book called Disability in the Hebrew Bible, by Saul Olyan. I have a review of the book right now with Books and Culture. It begins… If I had a nickel for every time Saul Olyan uses the word “stigmatize” and its cognates in Disability in the Hebrew Bible, [Read More...]

What do you think about Birth Control?

I’ve been reading a lot of Flannery O’Connor recently, and I came across her thoughts (as a devout Roman Catholic) on birth control. In a letter to a friend, she writes: “The Church’s stand on birth control is the most absolutely spiritual of all her stands and with all of us being materialists at heart, [Read More...]

Finding the Right Words to Talk About Disability

I have a new piece at her.meneutics, the Christianity Today blog. Regular readers of this blog will recognize some of the ideas, although it does contain new material as well. It begins: The word retarded has made the news lately. The Special Olympics designated March 3rd as a day of awareness about the hurtful and [Read More...]


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