L. Roger Owens
L. Roger Owens teaches preaching and spirituality at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and is author of What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality and coauthor of A New Day in the City: Urban Church Revival.
How can we live well after 40? asks Barbara Bradley Hagerty. She could have consulted the wisdom traditions.
by L. Roger Owens September 15, 2016
I had work to do the other day, but I set it aside to reread Elie Wiesel’s Night as a way to mark the great man’s death and remember his life. While I was struck by passages I anticipated, like his account of how his belief was shattered upon seeing the furnaces of Auschwitz—“Never shall I forget those flames which consumed my faith forever”—it was an unexpected line that caught me, given a current news story I’d been following.
“Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.” I hear these words on a bright, cloudless morning on my way to work. They begin the speech that President Obama gave several hours earlier at Hiroshima.
I knew Jannie Swart's witness would have a lasting impact on our seminary. I didn't anticipate how it would challenge me in the classroom.
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