How We Keep God’s Love

How We Keep God’s Love

What keeps us from living the most meaningful life we could live? From experiencing God’s love? What keeps us from healing our social divisions? What keeps us from joy and peace? As anyone who reads this blog regularly knows, I spent a few years wrestling with the problem of privilege,…
The Bad News About Changing the World

The Bad News About Changing the World

I visited the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA with William and Marilee last week. The whole museum is terrific (yes, especially for kids but I really enjoyed it too), with exhibits about the human body, the earth, outer space, and tons of other topics with hands-on opportunities for learning that…
The Bad News About Changing the World

The Bad News About Changing the World

I visited the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA with William and Marilee last week. The whole museum is terrific (yes, especially for kids but I really enjoyed it too), with exhibits about the human body, the earth, outer space, and tons of other topics with hands-on opportunities for learning that…
World Down Syndrome Day 2019

World Down Syndrome Day 2019

Today we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day and the lives of millions of people with Down syndrome around the globe. (It’s March 21, 3/21, and Down syndrome is the genetic condition in which people have three copies of the 21st chromosome. Someone pointed out that A Good and Perfect Gift,…
Digging Up Old Wounds

Digging Up Old Wounds

It often seems like talking about the wounds of our past—whether our family’s past or our nation’s past—is an exercise in self-flagellation. Why revisit pain and suffering? Why draw attention away from what might be a pleasant and peaceful present moment? But I’ve come to believe that acknowledging the wounds…
The Call of Lent (And the Temptation)

The Call of Lent (And the Temptation)

You know that empty container inside the back door where you throw your keys? And maybe also your sunglasses and earbuds and a hair-tie and some loose change and whatever else is in your hands or your pockets when you walk in the door? Chewing gum, Chapstick, an occasional stray…
4 Books About Our Common Humanity

4 Books About Our Common Humanity

Societies have drawn dividing lines throughout all of human history that demonstrate who is “in” and who is “out.” In Western culture, we’ve seen those lines through the history of racial categorization, beginning with what was then a new concept in the 1600s of “black” and “white” people. We’ve also…