The Sanctity of the Airport

PrioritySeating

 Only in an airport are human beings compatriots in a netherworld of suspension, neither here nor there. They are on the way. An airport is the in-between space where an eccentric confluence of human specimens are reduced to a common ilk, though traveling methodologies could not be more diverse. I stood in a check-in line recently behind a large woman in a kaleidoscope sarong, her hair braided tightly and effusively about her crown, with painted fingernails grown so long they curled … [Read more...]

The Intimacy of a Tragedy

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Rolling Stone magazine has put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of their August issue and it has been received badly. Tsarnaev is  the young man currently being held for the Boston Marathon bombing, which unfolded horrifically on April 15 and kept the city riveted and squirrelly until his capture on April 19. Three people were killed in the bombing and more than 260 wounded by the two pressure-cooker bombs Tsarnaev and his older brother planted in the crowd near the finish line. A fourth man was ki … [Read more...]

Unceremoniously Insulted

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I have been working these past weeks on a Bible study guide (details forthcoming) and it has been a helpful and vexing exercise. It is difficult to assume the position of spiritual guide (being the author) when you are afflicted with uncertainties of your own and contending with common struggles that have been known to men and women throughout all time. Inevitably, I would be put to the test regarding whatever virtue I was exploring at that point. For example, on a day when I was writing about … [Read more...]

Do Nations Have Souls?

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 Today we celebrate the singularly American, most beloved and festive holiday: "the Fourth of July" -- The day brave citizens of the New England colonies --tradesmen, scholars, farmers and clergymen -- officially declared to the world that they would no longer be ruled by the long arm and intrusive reach of tyrannical Britain. When John Adams, a primary architect of the newly-conceived government, was nearing the end of his life he shared intimate thoughts with those who would follow … [Read more...]

June “Lunatic of the Month” ~ Stephen Colbert

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You have to love a man who loves his mother. Political satirist and wildly popular television host Stephen Colbert broke character in the aftermath of his mother's death to pay a moving tribute to her. Because the courage, grit, humility and sincerity this superstar brought to this moment, Poets & Lunatics has made Stephen Colbert June's Lunatic of the Month. Colbert's words speak for themselves. I add here, as a prelude, only a portion of the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt … [Read more...]

The Secret Life of Jesus ~ Thoughts on Prayer

Archangel Michael

Jesus would welcome anyone, even liars and religious hypocrites, before whom he leveled a steady gaze into unsettled eyes. Is it possible then that one can accept the challenge of his grace yet dismiss the force behind them?He acted and-- in some cases restrained from acting-- in harmony with the purposes of his Father whom he met in prayer. When he was weak he prayed to stay the course, to complete the work of his Father, and to resist the temptation to exercise his bestowal before its … [Read more...]

Christians *Should* Apologize to Gays, and Gays to Christians

DaveandWendy

The recent closing of Exodus International, a Christian ministry dedicated to helping people overcome same-sex attraction; and the apology to the gay community from the organization’s president, Alan Chambers, have spawned a rousing theological discourse in defense and/or condemnation of this organization’s evolution.A (gay) friend of mine and I navigated this minefield over 10 years ago in the spring of 2001 at the invitation of two students (one gay, one Christian) from Tufts University. My … [Read more...]


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