Today, by coincidence, is both Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day. That is a happy coincidence for preachers, who can preach about how God the Father models excellence in parenthood, rather than preaching about the doctrine of the Trinity, which (we’re told every year) is every pastor’s least favorite topic. (My own parish, on the other […]

Feast of the Ascension National Public Radio last weekend told a refreshing story of remarkable common sense in the midst of the national disgrace that pretends to be an immigration policy. Candelaria Texas and San Antonio del Bravo, Mexico are two tiny villages – perhaps 150 residents total – straddling the Rio Grande River in […]

Google News, in addition to the preloaded topics such as “Top Stories,” “Science,” “Politics” and so forth, allows you to create and save your own topics, and then goes out to the web to retrieve stories fitting in with that topic. I have three saved searches: “Chicago Cubs,” “Law,” and “Theological Ethics.” The first, I […]

The Gospel of Luke quotes Jesus, in the “sermon on the plain” as saying “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”[1] Matthew, in the “sermon on the mount” has it “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs in the kingdom of heaven.”[2] And, a few verses later, “Blessed are […]

Last Sunday I was on an airplane to Chicago for a quick visit with my son and his family, which by pure happenstance coincided with the Cubs’ home opener. At the gate, waiting to board, I ran into an old acquaintance with a handful of boarding passes, and a gaggle of teenagers (or tweeners). Softball […]

I apologize for the absence. Having extended twice the deadline for finishing my manuscript, I couldn’t justify imposing on the kind folks at Wipf and Stock any longer. So, manuscript delivered, I am back. In this last month, two strikingly similar cases have occupied the news. Hoda Muthana and Shamina Begum, each having travelled to […]

When I was an undergraduate, in the early 1970s, one of the most popular dorm room posters, along with Jimi Hendrix and Farrah Fawcett, was a quote from  Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 2: “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” The line showed up on t-shirts and bumper stickers also. I’m not […]