Values Worth Fighting For

Churches across the globe, Protestant but also Roman Catholic, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation later this month. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and theology professor, nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. The church door served as the community bulletin board and […]

Building Walls instead of Bridges

I simply do not know what to say about Donald Trump. I grew up in a home where what was going on in the world and in the nation was talked about regularly at the dinner table. Politics was often a spirited discussion between my father, a dyed-in-the-wool Republican and conservative in almost all his […]

Preach About God

When I have occasion to visit a seminary or divinity school and talk with students I am impressed that they seem to know why they are there and what they believe. My recollection is that I enrolled in order to figure out what I believed and whether or not I believed at all. I showed […]

Welcoming the Stranger

I was a stranger and you welcomed me.       Matthew 25: 35 The constitutional right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers is basic to a free society and our individual liberty. I respect that right so much that I am always reluctant to criticize a jury that renders a verdict […]

The Sound of Sheer Silence

The Lord was not in the wind, the earthquake, the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.                    1 Kings 19: 11-12   Jesus said to them, “Come away to a deserted place and rest a while.”               […]

The Bible: History Channel version

Without really intending to, I found myself watching a segment of the History Channel’s The Bible, about the birth of Moses: the slaughter of Hebrew babies, the rescue from the river by Pharaoh’s daughter, his place in the royal household. Even while experiencing discomfort bordering on revulsion at the production’s occasional exaggeration and amplification of […]