When You Serve in Church, Don’t Be a Gerald

When You Serve in Church, Don’t Be a Gerald

The headline in the East Bay Times read, “Relax, Oakland … Gerald the turkey has been captured.” It was big news. Gerald, a wild turkey, had taken up residence in Oakland’s Morcom Rose Garden. His aggressive, bullying behavior toward garden visitors had forced the...
Wildfires Set Skies Aglow, Hint at Apocalypse

Wildfires Set Skies Aglow, Hint at Apocalypse

Apocalypse. Armageddon. Plague. Judgment Day. Even in the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of the country noted for its low percentage of church attenders, religious language is being used by many to describe the recent fires, smoke-filled air and Wednesday’s surreal...
Isn’t it Time to Purge Those Old Habits?

Isn’t it Time to Purge Those Old Habits?

Spitting, licking fingers and high-fiving. These common practices will have to be curbed significantly by Major League Baseball players in the name of public health as their abbreviated season begins. This is demanding work because habits, by definition, are hard to...
Remembering Why the Bible Has Problem with Statues

Remembering Why the Bible Has Problem with Statues

The place of statues in public spaces is currently under great scrutiny. This examination includes not only statues erected to commemorate Confederate generals, soldiers and political leaders, but also those erected in honor of presidents like George Washington,...