We Could All Use an ‘Advent of the Heart’

We Could All Use an ‘Advent of the Heart’

The second coming of Jesus was a significant focus in the church of my youth. No one, at least as far as I remember, was of the “I know the exact date it will occur so until then don’t count on me for anything” school of thought. Even so, much attention was paid to...
Generosity Is More Than a Seasonal, Nostalgic Exercise

Generosity Is More Than a Seasonal, Nostalgic Exercise

The season of Thanksgiving in the U.S. invites us to reflect on the theme of generosity. Generosity was central in the teachings of the Hindu saint and prophet Mahatma Gandhi. He taught, “Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one...
How Do We Balance Accountability and Mercy?

How Do We Balance Accountability and Mercy?

It is important that the biblical story of Jonah be more than the beginning of a “did that really happen?” debate. In fact, Jonah’s placement among the prophetic books of the Bible should tell us that, like the other prophetic works, the story of Jonah will cause us...
Time for Church to Serve as State’s Conscience

Time for Church to Serve as State’s Conscience

Many tributes to Martin Luther King Jr. fail to recognize that he was a Baptist pastor, a minister formed by and committed to the traditions of the African American church. The connection between King’s powerful expression of the truth and the truth-telling tradition...