Editor's Desk

It would be dishonest to attempt to squeeze nonreligious scientists into the mold of conventional belief. Nevertheless, they do end up confronting profoundly theological questions.
June 3, 2015
Chicago preachers are wary: we see the potential loss of great sermon material if the Cubs should start winning.
May 11, 2015
Every time I read Psalm 16, I think about how an individual's life is in large measure the sum total of the influence of others.
May 8, 2015
One blessing of being retired from ministry is that I'm reading more books that are not directly related to that work.
April 24, 2015
A friend recently announced that he had given up hope for the human race. There are days when I find myself thinking about this a lot.
March 25, 2015
To be a follower of the one who promised that the kingdom of God is like a mustard seed is to expect a blessed in-breaking of peace.
March 4, 2015
Cuban Presbyterians used to be part of the PCUSA, and pastors paid into the pension plan. Then came the Castro revolution.
February 18, 2015
The protesters carried American flags and signs: “America is a Christian Nation. Muslims Are Not Welcome!”
February 2, 2015
We are confronting a reality that for some of us was just an abstraction: black and white communities perceive the police differently and are treated differently by them.
January 23, 2015
Reinhold Niebuhr once broke with the editor of this magazine to argue that moral responsibility requires resisting evil with force. It’s a compelling argument, but it doesn’t justify torture.
January 5, 2015
Churches need new thinking—on the part of denominational executives, pastors brave enough to walk into challenging situations, and people willing to let go of a church model that no longer works.
December 31, 2014
The Christmas truce of 1914—100 years ago this Christmas Eve—gave the world a glimpse of peace in a horrific time.
December 18, 2014
For many of us, Advent is the most meaningful season of the church year. It’s not passive waiting; it’s living into the promised future.
December 2, 2014
Illinois is in dreadful shape, with huge debt and underfunded pension liabilities. In the gubernatorial campaign, the ads were focused elsewhere.
November 10, 2014