Monthly Archives: April 2016

Love wins

What we’re looking for in this election year or in any year, I believe, is not a leader who will best embody our hopes and aspirations. (Even Jesus tried his best to avoid being that kind of leader. Such leaders always disappoint.) What we’re looking for behind the electoral extravaganza is an experience of the […]


We’re hearing a big argument today – it’s not a debate but a very primitive, emotional argument – about who will next lead this nation. Who will make America great again? Who will lead us to manifest the greatness we already possess? Who will lead the social and political revolution that restores our basic values? […]

If you love Christ

How do you know when you’re a grown-up? That’s the question a producer for The Atlantic recently took to the streets.1 Now that I think about it, it seems a lot like the question Jesus asked Peter after breakfast that morning on the beach – “Do you love me?” – not wanting to know how […]

The blessing of doubt

Easter morning we sang Charles Wesley’s words, “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!” The same day, twenty-nine children enjoying an Easter outing in Pakistan were among those killed by a suicide bomber. Maybe the psalmist’s words would have suited the day better, “How could we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land” (Ps. […]