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Vessel of grace

1992 was a bad year for Great Britain’s Queen Elizabeth. The Prince of Wales separated from Diana, whose de facto autobiography, published that same year, depicted her as a betrayed, self-mutilating bulimic. Sarah, the recently estranged wife of her other son, the Duke of York, appeared in the tabloids topless, having her toes nibbled by […]

Thirsty

A meaningful life,” Stephen Covey wrote, “is not a matter of speed or efficiency. It’s much more a matter of what you do and why you do it.” The season of Lent, I believe, is about slowing down, becoming less efficient, and choosing to live a meaningful life, the kind of life Jesus said he came […]

Habitat for divinity

Can Buffalo ever come back? That was the question posed by The New York Sun seven years ago. It’s a question a lot of people are asking today about The United Methodist Church, at least in Europe and North America. The answer for Buffalo, it appears, is turning out to be “yes.” In the case […]

Sittin’ Around Fishin’

One of the cracks in a broken world just got a little bigger. At least it got a little more visible. During a recent interview, Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly said that “extremist conservatives” have no place in New York. According to the report, Cuomo defined “extremist conservatives” as “those who are against abortion rights, gun-control […]

On the power of the heart

“Is your heart as true to mine as mine is to yours?” Knowing the answer to that question was more important to John Wesley than knowing what anyone believed. “If it is,” he would say, “then give me your hand” (2 Kings 10:15). If our hearts are bound to one another in love, if we […]

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 […]

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 […]