Monthly Archives: September 2013

Mind the gap

If there’s any fairness in God’s justice, it’s not easy to see, at least as it’s depicted by Jesus. In the old commercial for Smith-Barney, John Houseman said of the company, “They make money the old-fashioned way. They earn it.” We have to work for the rewards we get in life, and we get what […]

The future

“I don’t like to talk about the future very much because it doesn’t exist and we don’t know anything about it.” (Wendell Berry)

Out of the sanctuary and into the light

James Turrell’s groundbreaking installation of light at the Guggenheim has closed. Even without seeing it, it has opened my heart a bit further, by one more increment cleansing the doors of my perception, allowing me another, perhaps deeper glimpse of the Infinite. “Instead of depicting light,” Turrell said in an interview, “I wanted the work […]

A radical choice

Is America crazy? That’s the question raised last week by Leonard Pitts, a columnist for the Miami Herald. He was writing about gun control following last week’s shootings at the Washington Naval Yard, and he mentioned the eighty – yes, eighty – mass shootings that have occurred worldwide since 1996, sixty-two of them in the […]

Dancing with angels

What in life is worth so much you’d be willing to risk almost everything else to have it? “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, [would] not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until [you find] it” (Luke 15:4)? “Nobody,” one […]