Wisdom Wherever You Find it: Moral Utility

Wisdom Wherever You Find it: Moral Utility

My little black book of quotations has multiple entries from multiple people. Often, it is because a speech or essay contains more than one observation that demanded residence in my memory. Sometimes, it is because a person has an astonishingly consistent talent for...
Responding to Colonialism

Responding to Colonialism

The movement to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day challenges Christians like me to confront my own faith tradition’s complex history and, at times, complicity with empire. As a student of and participant in Christian mission, I feel that burden acutely; but I also...
Who First Discovered America?

Who First Discovered America?

Who first discovered America? If you grew up being taught the traditional form of American history, your answer is probably Christopher Columbus. The common narrative is that the Italian explorer discovered America in 1492. In reality, the land had been inhabited for...
Reflecting on Inflection Points

Reflecting on Inflection Points

Circumstances have a way of bringing into everyday conversation terms and concepts that become frequent in their use. Current attention has brought a term like “unprecedented” into our reflections on events that have dominated the public stage, and we hear it...