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...]

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

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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...]

It’s Not Always About Pain, Nor Can It Be

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I write today wearied by my own recent posts. I have been writing about divorce, which many have thanked me for and resonated with. I'm glad I can lend a word of solidarity to the hurting. Even so, in the end, the pain of my divorce must not define me or my platform and I must find a way to recreate myself outside the complex emotional minefield that attends any kind of devastation. I am asking God to help me pray for those whom I have felt betrayed by. I am asking God to forgive me my failings … [Read more...]

Julian Assange ~ Still Waiting

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Since June 2012 Julian Assange has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London. In a recent post, I articulated why "we need" Julian Assange.  In this post, I have excerpted directly from Assange's website, which answers questions that many in public may entertain about who this man is and why he has commanded international scorn or devotion.I believe that people of faith, people of conscience, and most importantly, journalists, need to do their best to understand Assange's … [Read more...]

The Hidden Life of Clare of Assisi

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The hidden life of Clare of Assisi (119-[something] to 1253) is forever bound to that of Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), though Clare was a force unto herself who cast her own light and left a unique echo. I have already written a book about Francis (A Mended and Broken Heart, 2008, Basic Books) and have now turned my thoughts to Clare--the medieval feminine expression of Francis' spiritual vision. She has a lot she can teach today's women because she was -- as Hillary Clinton recently … [Read more...]


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