The colonial Puritans did a lot of good things, but banning Christmas was not one of their better ideas.
I'm particularly eager for Advent this year. Perhaps it's because recent world events have been so relentlessly grim.
Over 20 years, the CEO pay multiple went up 1,000 percent. Former bank CEO William J. McDonough calls this "grotesquely immoral."
When I became a student pastor I had no idea what I was getting into. The first thing that happened after we moved into the tiny parsonage was that Johnny Johnson died.
I've been savoring Hemingway's short stories. He was a religious seeker if not some kind of believer.
Proclaiming good news ought to in some way lead to a response. Otherwise it can be an exercise in cheap grace.
It is difficult for Jews to talk about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's also difficult for Christians to talk about it with Jews.
How we relate to the "other," ethnically, nationally, religiously, is the most important moral and theological issue of our time.
Male mainline Protestants can celebrate what we learn from our female colleagues: that our own sense of ordained ministry is unthinkable without them.
A visit with Argentinan Pentecostal pastors left me grateful that the Spirit can use a variety of traditions—some orderly and some wonderfully disorderly—for the growth of the kingdom.
Christians need to support the cause of a Palestinian state that will live peacefully beside Israel—and at the same time reach out to our Jewish neighbors in friendship and love and shared commitment to the common good.
For Jesus, unity among his disciples is an instrument of the evangel itself. Presbyterians have a great evangelical opportunity to show a fractured world that it is possible for people to disagree and yet remain in fellowship.
I confess that I'm not up to forgiving Osama bin Laden. But I'm not going to dance in the street over his death either.
When the great theologian Karl Barth was charged with being a universalist, he reportedly denied it, but then quoted 1 John: "Christ died for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world."