Tag Archives: Christian witness

It’s not time yet

[Written 7 January 2021] — “It’s not time to worry yet,” Atticus Finch tells his daughter, Scout, in To Kill a Mockingbird, when she starts to grow overly concerned about something that might happen. Things that look dire to Scout leave Atticus, with his longer perspective, unruffled. Last evening, as I watched the violence in […]

Changing the conversation

“What’s the point of this life?” my friend asked over dinner. No doubt, it was a rhetorical question, the kind people ask knowing there’s no completely satisfying answer. It was also, no doubt, a question that arose from a deep hunger to have an answer and from the knowledge that the only answer that counts […]

Becoming the Word

We’re still close enough to the season of commencement addresses to remember the advice of Ray Bradbury: “Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. . . […]

You are witnesses

Last week I wrote of the need for the church to find its voice in the search for value and meaning in public life, of our need to contribute our perspective to our community’s efforts to define and enrich our life together. We are needed as participants in the public dialogue. A world that looks […]

Endurance

No matter how you voted in last week’s presidential election, and regardless of why you voted that way, our work as the church remains the same. The details of what we need to be doing have changed, and the challenges to our ministry have increased, but what we aim to do has not changed. It […]

You are witnesses

Two weeks ago I spoke of the need for the church to find our voice during this election year. We need to participate in the public dialogue and contribute our perspective in the effort to define and enrich our life together. A nation of people looking for reason to hope today needs us to account […]

Who is this?

More than most of the things we need, I believe, we need to be seen for who we are. We need to be seen not as an icon or stereotype, not as the person someone else would like us to be or needs us to be; we need to be seen and recognized as the […]