Sleaze, Slant, and Assassination

Sleaze, Slant, Assassination

The New York Times can’t stop reporting on “The News of the World” debacle.  They run two or more “news” articles a day and throw in an editorial --- just in case the editorializing isn’t finished.  They devoted only one article to the work of American Bridge and stuck to “just the facts.” Aaron Fielding quietly stalks his prey — Republicans — with his video camera, patiently waiting for a political moment worthy of YouTube.  At 27, he is a full-time “tracker” for American Bridge 21st Century, a … [Read more...]

Signs and Wonders

Signs&Wonders

Nothing I said in What God Wants for your Life got me into more trouble than the chapter on signs and wonders:Don’t you believe in miracles?Don’t you believe that God is active in the world?Don’t you believe in the power of prayerYes…but I don’t believe that signs and wonders are necessarily indicative of the will of God.  Sometimes the exceptional is just exceptional.For example: I made a major move in employment some years ago --- prayerfully, I might add --- on the basis of what I fe … [Read more...]

The Casey Anthony Trial

CayleeAnthony

News of the Casey Anthony trial has been hard to avoid.  Every major news outlet has devoted space to it.The BBC World News Service ran an article just moments following the verdict in an effort to account for the reasons this trial had received so much attention.  In summary, here are the reasons offered by Washington correspondent Tom Geoghegan:One, given the elements of the story it was too big to ignore.Two, the story had “’cultural equity.’”  Once the media decided to cover it there wa … [Read more...]

God is not on our side

Binary

We were on a mission to find Indian Food at one of our favorite restaurants and en route we were listening to NPR’s “Fresh Air.”  Terry Gross was interviewing Nick Paumgarten and we caught the conversation midstream.Paumgarten was talking about on-line dating and observed that one of the random indicators he had found of potential marital bliss was whether or not a couple agreed on their like --- or dislike --- of horror films.  What about you, he asked Ms. Gross.His host was diffident and re … [Read more...]

“Oh, Wow!”

oh wow

Our grandson, Henry, has found his first words.  (Actually, he is working on others now as well.)  But the first ones were, “Oh, Wow!”  And they are almost always accompanied by a little hand pointing at something --- the picture of sheer delight and wonder.  The experience of watching him respond to the world around him has reminded me of some important truths:All too often the journey into adulthood is one of accumulating cynicism.  The “Oh, Wow!” moments of delight and wonder give way to “Oh … [Read more...]

Wisdom is a Choice

Wisdom

Wisdom is not an accident.  It is not the peculiar endowment of a select few.  It can be discovered, accumulated, cultivated, and appropriated.  But you need to care.  You need to pay attention.It is a choice.Wisdom requires awareness, devotion, effort, and focus.  You cannot age into wisdom, run into wisdom, or borrow it.  It is not a part-time job, a hobby, a serendipity, or recreation.It is a way of life.The fabric of life yields insights, but it requires interpretation.  It requires a … [Read more...]

Rob Bell, Love Wins, and the End

Lovewins

If you are reading this, we are (mostly) all still here and the end is not yet.  May 21, 2011 has come and gone and here we are.  So, perhaps it’s time to ask what “the end” is all about.Obviously, for some it’s about getting the date right.  Deciding whose left behind, caught by “the thief in the night”  --- a brick short of the full spiritual load --- and, of course, the wise virgin and the faithful watcher.  What so much of the contemporary conversation about the end focuses on is that all i … [Read more...]

Saving the Samaritan

GoodSamaritan

The namesake of my wife’s parish is the Good Samaritan.  So I have been more alert to that great figure in the teaching of Jesus than I might be otherwise.  Of course, the Samaritan has a proverbial and cross-cultural hold on our minds --- so he commands a bit of attention all on his own.  Along the way, I’ve come to the conclusion that the Samaritan could use some saving.What is striking to me is how little the parable is actually understood.It is not about what we should do.It’s about … [Read more...]


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