The woman looked at me with fear, pain, and trust—all things that the church has instilled in its faithful all these centuries.
Since Charles William Eliot's future is our past, it's easy for us to see where his prophecy missed the mark. But could we do better?
There are some very important national conversations taking place these days. Few people seem to be saying anything grounded in theology.
In the midst of a procession of well-known stories is an image marking what's been forgotten. That's most of history, isn't it?
Here are some projections and assumptions I face in my current context—and responses that reflect what the church I serve is called to be.
It's 2016 and the problem of evil is still unsolved. It's found a megaphone in Stephen Fry, who offers more rhetorical power than originality.
You knew about weakness before you were ordained. Yet something made you get out of the boat and try to walk.
Those who heard the disciples preach on Pentecost comprehended the message in their own language. But that was only the beginning.
Pentecost offers a vision for Europe: not one megastate or one system for everything, but a model of diversity as peace.
Each year I ask my students to devise arguments for God. They respond less like well diggers than like beachcombers, gathering bits of evidence.