Can These Seeds Grow?

Can These Seeds Grow?

Eight years ago, I wrote about the near miraculous resurrection of a Judean date palm from seeds that were, at the time, thought to be almost 2,000 years old. The seeds were found in 1963 in a collapsed storeroom in the desert stronghold of Masada, built by Herod “the...
Managing Conflict with Friends This Election

Managing Conflict with Friends This Election

A friend of mine called during the last election cycle to say he would no longer be attending the class I taught. Confused, I asked the obvious question. The answer could not have come as a bigger surprise. “Because of your political beliefs,” he said. What struck me...
Injustice and Idolatry – Twin Sins?

Injustice and Idolatry – Twin Sins?

Studies in Jeremiah have typically summarized his assessment of Judah’s waywardness from covenant faithfulness under the two sins of injustice and idolatry. He clearly joins his predecessors in calling out the patterns of social and economic life that allowed the...
This One Word Best Describes 2020

This One Word Best Describes 2020

I am not sure there are enough adjectives to describe 2020 so far. And none of them would be flattering in depicting what has been a strange and stressful year. COVID-19 pandemic, economic stressors and political campaigns are enough to test any person’s mettle, but...
3 Steps: How to Live When No End’s in Sight

3 Steps: How to Live When No End’s in Sight

When will it end? Our planet has been visited with an affliction that affects all of us. We cover our faces with masks, isolate ourselves from those we love, abstain from communal celebrations, walk about protectively, worship electronically, send our children to...