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 […]

To Love Your Neighbor

I have always thought that the conventional maxim – “religion and politics do not and should not mix” was not only wrong but misleading and downright silly. Of course they mix. We express our deepest values which often are rooted in our religious beliefs in how we live, how we order our priorities and spend […]

How Did We Lose Our Democracy?

I don’t think I have ever been as sick of negative political campaign advertising as I was this year. The Illinois gubernatorial election was important. The state is in dreadful shape economically with huge debt and under-funded pension liabilities. The candidates had very different ideas about how to address the economic situation. Bruce Rauner won. […]

Reading Fiction and the Lessons of History

Sometimes it seems that reading a novel is an unnecessary luxury, a frivolous waste of time. The antidote to that questionable conclusion is a good novel you can’t put down, continue reading late into the night, even find yourself structuring your day so that you can get back to reading. It happened to me recently […]

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 […]

Sweet Freedom’s Song

Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees, Sweet Freedom’s song. The church I attended last Sunday made no mention of the fact that our nation would celebrate the 237th anniversary of its independence this week, nor that this week includes the 150th anniversary of the pivotal Civil War Battle of Gettysburg. […]

Different Drummers: Christian Century Magazine

Dr. Buchanan gives a beautiful interview about his work as editor/publisher of the Christian Century Magazine and the importance of presenting intellectually challenging and responsible Christian theology that connects with and comments upon contemporary culture.