Before this year, I figured I’d be living in a functioning democracy for the rest of my life. Yet at Christmas 2017, I’m not so sure. What of Christmas now?
How do we comfort others in this digital age? Is a text message or emoji enough? When, pray tell, should we actually use the phone to call? Or…talk face-to-face?! A recent NY Times commentary, “The Art of Condolence” by author Bruce Feiler, wades into these choppy waters of shifting cultural expectations. Penned after Feiler’s own mighty […]
One line I read a few weeks ago about congregational life together has stuck with me in a big way. I’ve brought it up, in one way or another, several times already. In a Christian Century article, “More People, Looser Ties” David Eagle drops the sentence: “Think of it this way: a congregation with 100 […]
I recently heard Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World on MPR. The show proved delightful, and one line has stuck with me. Grant said (something like): Creativity is old things in new combinations and new things in old combinations. That description is also a simple, though fairly accurate, way of describing […]
A short essay of mine is up this week at Huffington Post Religion, ON Scripture, and Day1. Entitled, “The Money Lie: Consumerism’s Empty Promise” it’s a commentary on Philippians 3:17-4:1, the Epistle lectionary reading for this coming Sunday, Lent II. I’ll post the intro below, and I invite you to click over to the other sites for the full piece. […]