There is quite a gap between the wilderness-pilgrimage baptisms of John and the small and hidden baptismal places in many of our worship spaces. Happily, this is changing.
In the face of yet another gun massacre, Americans seem to think that there is only one answer: more guns.
This month could be consecrated to all hidden preparations, to children in the womb and to those who long to conceive. In February all is potency, awaiting God's redeeming act.
Just as an injured athlete needs to take a break, my friends needed to take some time to rest. And like the paralytic at Capernaum, they could depend on others' faith and not just their own.
Here are texts that say to the church: "You are holy."
Somewhere along the line, choosing to worship the God met in Jesus became a matter of life and death for me.
Marilynne Robinson's first nonfiction volume since The Death of Adam is demanding and elegant. Readers expecting a defense of theism against the new atheist fundamentalism, however, will be disappointed.
This film about a couple struggling to cope with the death of their little boy has a limited imaginative reach. But the familiar can wield considerable power when the writing is honest and specific.