Both Thomas Jefferson and Lyndon Johnson were vastly talented and deeply flawed. And both understood power.
Most media representations of the biblical story are too literal. In the effort to get the story's details right, the storyteller misses the point.
Most pastors take a break after Holy Week and Easter Day. But I've always felt that the weeks after Easter are the most important of the year.
The years I spent preaching Easter brought me closer to the heart of resurrection news. They drove me deeper into the gospel.
The church of my childhood paid no attention to Lent. The season's words sounded too mystical to us, too strange and too Catholic.
It’s time for bold, creative experiments in preparing women and men for the unique challenges of 21st-century ministry.
There's a broad consensus that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians depends on a two-state solution. So why doesn't it happen?
Like millions of others, I was a devoted Dave Brubeck fan—ever since I first heard his music in the 1950s.
On Sunday I attended a worship service at which the air was heavy with a sense of loss. But I saw the church being the church at its best.
Christmas in the United States is such a mammoth economic phenomenon that when it comes to a crashing end on December 25 it feels like a total cultural collapse.
Christians have always been uncomfortable with the Magnificat. Advent takes us places we would rather not go.
Patience is not one of our stronger characteristics. A flight delay or traffic jam can become an emotional and physical crisis.
I cherish Thanksgiving for its cultural institutionalization of the practice of gratitude. And because there are no gifts and few cards.
I entered divinity school assuming that Christians ought to believe something is seriously wrong with the world. But I also loved the world.
The Reformation led to a full embrace of the radical political implications of a humanity created in the image of God.
When I was a child, I read only baseball box scores. More recently, when Marilynne Robinson has a new book I immediately order it.
My files are full of stewardship sermons. So it came as a shock when people would say, “We know you don’t like to talk about money.”
Whenever I preached a dense sermon or used too many references, a missionary friend would gently remind me to proclaim the gospel simply.
The Peaceable Kingdom pricks my conscience every time I see it because of the enormous gap between its vision and the world's reality.
We like to think of our congregations as families. That's a powerful thing—but it can also be exclusive and off-putting.
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