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.
Richard Lugar symbolizes something great but fragile about the American system of government: it relies on partisanship tempered by wisdom.
Since childhood, I've been uncomfortable with the idea that accepting Jesus is an automatic ticket to heaven—and with the reverse idea.
The Cubs last won the World Series in 1908. I have learned to comfort myself with Christian verities such as steadfastness and hope.
When I was ten, baseball became the organizing principle of my life. The game taught me that success is rare and precious.
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."
Reynolds Price says that Hemingway yearned for “sanctity.” I’m not sure what to make of that, but Hemingway’s general yearning is clear.
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.
Seekers often want Christianity to be a set of ideas one knows to be true, or at least to provide a feeling of certainty.
How do we move from Jesus' core ethical mandate to the complex issues we face in the modern world?
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.
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.
After 48 years as a minister of word and sacrament, I will retire at the end of January.
How is it possible to read the first chapter of the Bible and not be an environmentalist?