A Sermon for Labor Day My favorite teacher – one of my favorite human beings – was the late Joseph Sittler, Lutheran pastor, first class scholar and, for years Professor of Theology at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. In the world of religious scholarship in the last decades of the 20th Century, Sittler […]


Labor of Love

Ever since Labor Day I find myself thinking a lot about my father. He was a laborer all his life. Labor Day was not a big deal in my home other than signaling the end of summer, swimming pools closing, back to school looming. Dad displayed the flag on our front porch as he did […]

Some Thoughts and a Prayer for Labor Day

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, And prosper for us the work of our hands…. O prosper the work of our hands. Psalm 90: 17 Seamus Heaney died last week. He was one of the finest poets of our time, often called the greatest Irish poet since William Butler Yeats. […]