Tag Archives: unity

The missing piece

Minutes after terrorists slammed two airliners into the World Trade Center, streams of people crowded the emergency stairwells, heading in opposite directions. Thousands of terrified employees scrambled downward, toward exit doors and survival, while hundreds of New York City firefighters, laden with lifesaving gear, struggled upward, in a choice that would forever define their lives. […]

Faith unbound

No one taught me the gospel I proclaimed. I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1:11-12 paraphrased). Whatever else we Methodists did during General Conference this month, we certainly reaffirmed our inability to agree on matters of human sexuality. We’ve tackled the issue head-on in every General Conference since 1972, four years […]

A terrible wholeness

On a high rock promontory overlooking the Mississippi River, I used to sit in the thin shade of an old pine tree to recollect the fragments of my life and to remember who I am. The tree was gnarled and worm-eaten and showed little green; the years and harsh weather had stripped away much of […]

Universal Spirit

Here’s some good news: There’s no need to give up chocolate, electronic gadgets, or your other favorite little indulgences for Lent. A different idea for fasting is making the news this year, thanks to something Pope Francis said in his annual Lenten message last week. Trouble is, this different kind of fasting might be more […]

If your heart

The first time I received the Lord’s Supper, I believe, was while I was in seminary. Since I was confirmed as a youth I had often received the bread and cup. One of my earliest memories of the church is the taste of communion. As a student pastor I served communion in my parish. But […]