Life of Faith

An adult baptism in Benin

It's easy—from the comfort of my desk, where I’m healthy, well fed and securely employed—to experience a sense of "enough," as I wrote last week. It’s easy to champion compassion, justice and peace (what's not to like?), even when it puts me at odds with a few biblical texts.
September 27, 2010

So much seems possible when we are traveling. We encounter new people and get to know familiar people in new ways as we share meals, chores and adventures.
September 23, 2010

The Bible affirms God’s presence.  “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Ex. 33:14)  The Bible also names God Deus Absconditus, the Hidden God (Is. 45:15).  We hold both in tension.
September 23, 2010

Many people assume that there has been a steady decline in worship attendance for all the mainline denominations since the mid-1960s—the era when most of them began to see their memberships decline. But trends in attendance have actually followed their own patterns.
September 22, 2010

Carlyle Marney said that each of us is like a house, with a living room where we entertain and a dark basement where we store the trash. And each house has a balcony with all the people who have influenced and inspired us. The way to celebrate All Saints Day, he said, is to step out onto the front lawn and salute the people on your balcony. One of my balcony people died recently.
September 21, 2010