March 22, 2020

It was so easy for me. After several years of constantly wrestling with the question, “what is required to truly be part of the Body of Christ?” it was simply handed to me. Read more

December 18, 2019

The Spirit breathed something wondrous: a girl with the perfect knowledge of good and evil that had eluded Eve. She experienced every other limitation of the human condition, but she would not accept the attribution of shame to her limitations. And that simple rejection of external shame would make all the difference. Read more

December 11, 2019

“Dogma is like Sandy Dog – it doesn’t change,” I told my 11-year-old trying to remember the difference between Church dogma and discipline for a Religion test. Read more

December 6, 2019

“Let me in,” says Jesus, knocking on a door, in a popular meme. “Why?” replies the unseen person on the other side. “So I can save you.” “From what?” “From what I’m going to do to you if you don’t let me in!” Read more

September 19, 2019

God doesn’t send anyone a cross to bear. How many times have you heard the pious pablum that He does? It’s not just insipid; it actively harms people’s faith in God when they are in pain and they hear this message. So let’s do better than just not saying it ourselves. We need to get clear about what “bear a cross” refers to, so we can refute its misuse and comfort those who have been damaged by it. Friends, despite… Read more

September 2, 2019

Mystical theology seems to have become a lost art in Western Christianity, at least from the 17th century onwards. Is it possible for Western Christians to make this course of study without joining an Eastern monastic or liturgical tradition? And why has it been so muted in the West for the past 400-some years? Read more

August 6, 2019

Why are these massacres occurring with crushing and accelerating frequency? I can’t help but perceive not simply “lone wolves” without consciences, but a spreading evil spirit animating these murderous acts. But lest anyone think I’m saying “the devil made them do it,” let me explain what I mean by conscience. Read more

July 23, 2019

Half Taiwanese, half white, I heard from random strangers, both black and white, growing up in Arkansas, “Go back to China.” Of course it’s racist to say something like that. It’s asinine to argue otherwise. But what matters far more to me is how many days will we allow to go by as children sleep on concrete, under fluorescent lights, separated from their families? THAT trauma, already enacted under Obama and made so much worse under Trump: is this all… Read more

July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day to you all! Political self-determination is a human necessity because it gives scope to love. Mark Helprin in one of his novels calls America the “ardent unlimitedness.” Let us always be grateful for the limitless American mission to see and honor the dignity of every human life and to pursue that mission more earnestly today than we did yesterday. That mission is our glory and our judgment. Last year, I posted this for Massachusetts Citizens for Life… Read more

July 2, 2019

When we read the Bible, what are we looking for? Clarity? Instruction? Inspiration? Whatever we seek, that is what we will find. Read more

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