Memorial Day: When Will We Mourn All the War Dead?

Memorial Day: When Will We Mourn All the War Dead?

My question is not whether we should mourn, legitimately and unreservedly, the loss of our war dead on Memorial Day. Yes. A thousand times, yes. My question is this: On what day should we also mourn the loss of others’ war dead? Indeed, one of Memorial Day’s stories...
Breathing Room: 4 Takeaways from Chauvin Verdict

Breathing Room: 4 Takeaways from Chauvin Verdict

The NPR radio host said the jury in the Derek Chauvin murder trial had reached a verdict. I was pulling out of my driveway, immediately feeling my stomach tighten. Like most, I thought the evidence against him in the death of George Floyd was irreproachable. But, as...
Why Your Spiritual Formation is Like Composting

Why Your Spiritual Formation is Like Composting

I’ve never had a green thumb. My wife tends indoor plants and outside flowers. I’ve never had the urge to garden, though I wish I had. But I’ve enjoyed making dirt for over 30 years. Soil, I should say. Dark, fertile, nutrition-rich soil that growing things need to...