Editor's Desk

It’s time for bold, creative experiments in preparing women and men for the unique challenges of 21st-century ministry.
February 8, 2013
There's a broad consensus that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians depends on a two-state solution. So why doesn't it happen?
January 29, 2013
On Sunday I attended a worship service at which the air was heavy with a sense of loss. But I saw the church being the church at its best.
December 21, 2012
Patience is not one of our stronger characteristics. A flight delay or traffic jam can become an emotional and physical crisis.
November 28, 2012
I cherish Thanksgiving for its cultural institutionalization of the practice of gratitude. And because there are no gifts and few cards.
November 2, 2012
I entered divinity school assuming that Christians ought to believe something is seriously wrong with the world. But I also loved the world.
October 25, 2012
The Reformation led to a full embrace of the radical political implications of a humanity created in the image of God.
October 12, 2012
When I was a child, I read only baseball box scores. More recently, when Marilynne Robinson has a new book I immediately order it.
September 21, 2012
My files are full of stewardship sermons. So it came as a shock when people would say, “We know you don’t like to talk about money.”
September 12, 2012
Whenever I preached a dense sermon or used too many references, a missionary friend would gently remind me to proclaim the gospel simply.
August 31, 2012
The Peaceable Kingdom pricks my conscience every time I see it because of the enormous gap between its vision and the world's reality.
August 6, 2012
We like to think of our congregations as families. That's a powerful thing—but it can also be exclusive and off-putting.
July 27, 2012