Archives for April 2014

Why not be cynical?

Cynicism? It lurks around the corner of everyone’s heart. Powerful people in a powerful place– of course it cannot be honest. Everyone’s playing a game of some sort—you just need to see it for what it is. We see through, don’t we? We know, don’t we? If you haven’t already screwed me and the world, you will—and I will not be screwed again! So of course I don’t believe you. Why should I? How could I? [Read more…]

To the nth degree

What seems almost innocent to begin with very often becomes horrific before the day is done. [Read more…]

Expectation affects program

What we believe about the future affects the way we live, and this is true for human beings wherever they are, whatever they believe about the deepest things, the things that matter most. [Read more…]

To know the world and to still love it

To be implicated, for love’s sake. In many ways, that is the question of my life. Why that happens, how that happens, is as deep a current in my own calling as I understand myself; I have been thinking about the responsibility of knowledge, teaching it, writing about it, semester after semester, for years and years. And at my best, I still see through a glass darkly. [Read more…]

Conversations with consequences, again

Can it all make sense? Does it hold together? How do I find my way into making more sense? [Read more…]

Betting on hope

Could we honestly, actually, commit ourselves to doing justice, loving mercy, and walking humbly with God—within the sausage-making realities of Washington and the world? [Read more…]

Questions and their consequences

Who are we? What kind of world do we live in? What does it mean to be human? These are always the most perennial questions for human beings anywhere and everywhere– and how we answer them has consequences, for us and for history. [Read more…]