Monthly Archives: February 2017

A ham-or-eggs life

It’s difficult to pinpoint the moment when spring arrives. It tiptoes up to us, subtle and shy, trying hard not to show itself. And then, before we’re aware of it, everything is changing. Here’s how Todd Nelson described it in the Christian Science Monitor. “The junipers may still be shagged with ice. Ice-fishing shacks still […]

This broken wholeness

Everything depends on how we build our life together. Everything. When St. Paul wrote “that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you” (1 Cor. 3:16), he wasn’t writing about you or me. The “you” he uses is plural: You all together are God’s temple, and God’s Spirit dwells in the community […]

Faith on the brink

Especially since November I’ve returned regularly to one of my favorite hymns, one that was unfortunately dropped in the 1989 hymnal. Unfortunately, because it’s perfect for times like these when the faith of so many of us is strained and tested. Here are two of its stanzas: O for a faith that will not shrink, […]

The choice is always ours

My Aunt Ailene died last week. It was a remarkable death, not because she and I were particularly close – we weren’t; I hadn’t seen her in more than thirty years – but because she was the last of her generation in my family. I didn’t attend the funeral, but I know what would have […]

How to live well

It’s easy to lose the meaning of what you try to say when your words are translated into a different language and a different culture. Kentucky Fried Chicken got off to a bad start opening a franchise in China when their slogan, “Finger-lickin’ good,” was translated, “Eat your fingers off.” And a Swedish company missed […]

Weeds, wheat, and Donald Trump

The parable of the weeds and wheat (Matt. 13:24-30), to which I referred in a reply to my previous post about Christianity under siege by Donald Trump and his minions, recognizes that life is populated by things we label “good” and “evil,” a condition we’re inclined to blame on an “enemy.” Jesus reminds us to […]

Christianity under siege?

“Less than two weeks into the presidency of Donald J. Trump, the center ground, to the extent it still existed, has collapsed. Trump’s presidency has done more than polarize the country; it has established terms of battle likely to persist indefinitely.” So wrote Dan Balz of the Washington Post in a story appearing in today’s Buffalo […]