Editor's Desk

I wanted to join a group of pastors going to the March on Washington. But I had young children—and no money for bus fare and meals—so I didn’t. I've rued it ever since.
August 28, 2013
I think and convey ideas more clearly at a desk with a pen in hand than I do on my feet in front of a group of listeners. That’s why books about writing and reading occupy much of my time.
August 23, 2013
I support my church's requirement that retired clergy stay away. But nobody warned me how much I would miss all this—or if they did, I wasn't listening.
August 9, 2013
In this world of constant change, one thing remains predictable: the WSJ will never miss an opportunity to bash mainline churches.
July 22, 2013
My hope is that those of us who rely on the Century today will create the financial strength to guarantee that there will be a Century in the future.
June 28, 2013
Wrigley Field and Fourth Presbyterian Church both opened in 1914. It's the perfect image of my lifelong connection to God and baseball.
June 12, 2013
I recently watched my granddaughter and other teens with Down syndrome perform Shakespeare—with emotion, wit and passion.
May 16, 2013
Each autumn, Fourth Presbyterian Church's sanctuary is full to overflowing with Jewish worshipers attending High Holy Days observances.
May 10, 2013
Both Thomas Jefferson and Lyndon Johnson were vastly talented and deeply flawed. And both understood power.
April 24, 2013
Most pastors take a break after Holy Week and Easter Day. But I've always felt that the weeks after Easter are the most important of the year.
March 26, 2013
The years I spent preaching Easter brought me closer to the heart of resurrection news. They drove me deeper into the gospel.
March 15, 2013
The church of my childhood paid no attention to Lent. The season's words sounded too mystical to us, too strange and too Catholic.
February 18, 2013