Editor's Desk

What is it about theological educators that allows them to get along with civility and respect in spite of wide theological diversity? I attended the recent biennial meeting of the Association of Theological Schools and was impressed with the spirit of friendship there.
July 10, 2012
Richard Lugar symbolizes something great but fragile about the American system of government: it relies on partisanship tempered by wisdom.
June 26, 2012
Since childhood, I've been uncomfortable with the idea that accepting Jesus is an automatic ticket to heaven—and with the reverse idea.
June 22, 2012
The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. I have learned to comfort myself with Christian verities such as steadfastness and hope.
May 29, 2012
When I was ten, baseball became the organizing principle of my life. The game taught me that success is rare and precious.
May 15, 2012
A rabbi and strong advocate for Palestinians’ rights told me this: "When you Christians start talking about divesting from Israel, it sounds to us as if you are undermining Israel’s economy and thus Israel’s existence. We close ranks."
May 2, 2012
Reynolds Price says that Hemingway yearned for “sanctity.” I’m not sure what to make of that, but Hemingway’s general yearning is clear.
April 17, 2012
Easter Sunday is glorious. But the most important Sundays come afterward, when we are left—as were Jesus' disciples—with the sense that nothing can ever be the same.
April 3, 2012
I recall three times when the churches I served were picketed. The one that was by far the most traumatic had to do with abortion.
February 21, 2012
One of our tradition's best ideas is that God calls us to become all we were created to be. One of its worst is that only clergy are called.
February 14, 2012
In this issue Rebekah Miles describes the key role that Ursula Niebuhr played in the development of her husband's thinking and writing ("Uncredited"). The article sent me to the bookshelf for Elisabeth Sifton's fascinating account of her parents' life together.
January 20, 2012