Editor's Desk

I have carried the burden of knowing that our church contributed to a man's death when we refused him the open acceptance, love, and support that he needed.
October 23, 2014
Recently my wife and I moved, and the time came to decide which books I could live without. I dreaded it. 
October 7, 2014
The Cubs and White Sox have some of the worst records in the league. Yet Chicago still went a little crazy over baseball this summer.
September 16, 2014
On the porch of a cottage in North Carolina, I gaze in wonder at the expanse in front of me. It's conducive to thinking and reading as well as meditating and praying.
August 25, 2014
Extremists seem to be in charge everywhere. ISIS has taken over a huge geographic area and forced Christians to leave their homes or convert.
August 6, 2014
The Supreme Court reflects the politics of the moment. And two recent decisions are in line with a shift of the current court toward the right.
July 21, 2014
The conflict over divestment seems to divide Presbyterians more deeply than past struggles. Old friends are barely speaking to one another.
July 7, 2014
I love the Declaration of Independence and the radical notion that every human being has unalienable rights, innate worth, and dignity.
July 3, 2014
I've always sensed a poverty of praxis in my own Reformed ecclesiology. But these days we Reformed Protestants are taking practices seriously, too: anointing, laying hands on the sick, imposing ashes.
June 16, 2014
Our granddaughter's uncertainty about confirmation was typical and appropriate. After eight months of class, though, she told me she had decided to declare her faith.
June 4, 2014
It’s time for mainline Protestant churches to invite mainstream Jewish organizations to sit down and figure out what we can do together to support the Israel-Palestine peace process.
May 16, 2014
Isn’t it possible for both Israeli and Palestinian narratives to be true? Dialogue ends when each side demands that the other “let go of past suffering” and “get over it.”
May 8, 2014
Donna Tartt’s novel The Goldfinch connects to both head and heart, while Doris Kearns Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit tells of Theodore Roosevelt, an endlessly fascinating figure.
April 24, 2014