The biological concept of convergence lends credence to a Christian view of providence—and fits with a scriptural account of a story-shaped world.
America is living stormy Monday while the pulpit is preaching happy Sunday. Can we recover a blues sensibility?
George Steiner said that "the translator invades, extracts, and brings home." In this remarkable volume, Everett Fox does all of this.
What goes on in the mind of a leader who tires of building consensus and just strives to get things done?
A report released today by the Children’s Defense Fund details how the U.S. could reduce child poverty by 60 percent. Specific targets are important in anti-poverty work, and this is an ambitious one (though less ambitious than the report’s title, Ending Child Poverty Now). CDF’s policy proposals include a larger Earned Income Tax Credit and (not or) a higher minimum wage, along with expanded housing subsidies, child care subsidies, and food stamps. Add some more generous rules for tax credit refunds and child support recipients’ federal benefits—along with a new subsidized jobs program—and the whole thing starts to sound pretty expensive.
How would I get to nursing homes, or respond to emergencies? What would I do when it snowed? I hoped the answers would come as I pedaled.
I've spent the last few months in guilty inactivity. I've discovered that the world doesn't seem to need me to improve it.
“Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” Most of us can identify with that request. It’s only fair: each member should receive their own portion of a family’s wealth when the time comes to divide it. But Jesus doesn’t seem to care about fairness.
Multitasking is marked by a sustained sense of urgency in a world mediated by communication devices. Puttering is something different.
There's a broad consensus that peace between the Israelis and Palestinians depends on a two-state solution. So why doesn't it happen?
The general was insulted by the piddling, muddy Jordan. But he entered the water—and was healed! Then it was time to pay the bill.
How do we move from Jesus' core ethical mandate to the complex issues we face in the modern world?
Several years ago I met in D.C. with a group of young evangelical professionals. While certainly not world-fleeing fundamentalists, they were not theocrats either. They were seeking an alternative approach.
"Mary has chosen the better part," says Jesus, "and it will not be taken away from her." This is not what Jesus is supposed to say.