Things to Do Until Jesus Comes

Things to Do Until Jesus Comes

An insignificant event from many years ago keeps coming to mind. It was a denominational gathering of ministers and others that, of course, involved a hearty dinner. At the conclusion, the facilitator asked everyone to encircle the room, join hands and sing: “We’ll...
Standing up for My Jewish Friends

Standing up for My Jewish Friends

Several troubling, high-profile antisemitic incidents have occurred recently across the U.S. Last week, in Los Angeles, California, a group stood on an overpass above the 405 Freeway performing Nazi salutes and unfurling a banner reading, “Kanye was right about the...
Where Prayer, Politics and Voting Intersect

Where Prayer, Politics and Voting Intersect

A comment linking voting and prayer by a candidate for political office in the U.S. caught my attention. One’s vote, in addition to being an exercise of civic responsibility, is also a prayer, this person suggested. In the brief explanation that followed, the point...
The Problem of Political Anger

The Problem of Political Anger

I have a conservative friend with whom I’ve been arguing politics for the past 30 years. From time to time, he will text me with whatever liberals have done that has him outraged. He was particularly upset when President Biden called MAGA Republicans “semi-fascist.”...
Creation Care and Seeking the Welfare of the City

Creation Care and Seeking the Welfare of the City

God set forth a difficult task for the Hebrew people in Jeremiah 29:5-7: “Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters … seek the welfare of the city” (NRSV). Why is this a challenging and extraordinary...