Virtue, says former senator John Danforth, is what's missing from the current political equation—and the church is a place where virtue can be taught and advocated.
Independent, single-purpose organizations have picked up pieces of what the church used to do.
My wife volunteered as an "accompanier" at Planned Parenthood. She found that each client came with a unique urgent set of circumstances.
It is intriguing that the Republican presidential candidate who's leading the polls and the Democratic candidate who's close to tying the front-runner are both outliers.
There is a time for everything, the preacher in Ecclesiastes observed. It is now time for new leadership at the Century.
Imprisonment in this country is long on punishment and shamefully short on rehabilitation.
Something about being close to the ocean is conducive to reading.
When I told my parents about the altar call, my mother patiently explained that for some of us conversion is an ongoing process.
Our beliefs inform how we live, how we order our priorities, how we spend our time and money, and how we vote. The recent papal encyclical takes this as given.
Some suggest the tragedy in Charleston would have been averted if Pastor Clementa Pinckney had been carrying a gun. The victims' families showed us another way.
My Presbyterian granddaughter hasn’t heard about 500 years of conflict over “the real presence.” At her cousins' Catholic church, she washed down the wafer with a large gulp from the cup—and then another.
What I miss most is not the preaching itself but the preparing, the rhythm, the demand, and the discipline.
It would be dishonest to attempt to squeeze nonreligious scientists into the mold of conventional belief. Nevertheless, they do end up confronting profoundly theological questions.
Chicago preachers are wary: we see the potential loss of great sermon material if the Cubs should start winning.
Every time I read Psalm 16, I think about how an individual's life is in large measure the sum total of the influence of others.
One blessing of being retired from ministry is that I'm reading more books that are not directly related to that work.
Two recent books testify to the difficult but hopeful work of forgiving in the most trying circumstances.
A friend recently announced that he had given up hope for the human race. There are days when I find myself thinking about this a lot.
Again and again, the religious impulse in human beings turns violent. Is there no other side to this grim tale?
Cuban Presbyterians used to be part of the PCUSA, and pastors paid into the pension plan. Then came the Castro revolution.
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