Can You Remain Hopeful but Not Optimistic?

Can You Remain Hopeful but Not Optimistic?

A good friend recently wrote, “My usual optimism is fading.” I responded, “I am sorry to hear that your optimism is waning – but that is not necessarily a bad thing, for it is better to be realistic than optimistic. And don’t give up hope; there is a difference...
What Should Be the Basis for Charitable Giving?

What Should Be the Basis for Charitable Giving?

Why do people give money to needy people or public causes? Why should people make charitable or philanthropic contributions? What is altruism and how can it best be implemented? These are questions worth careful consideration. Some of us grew up in churches that...
The Radically Inclusive Life of Rachel Held Evans

The Radically Inclusive Life of Rachel Held Evans

Rachel Held Evans would have turned 40 today, and it seems appropriate to take some time to remember her life and legacy. I’m greatly saddened she didn’t live to celebrate the big 4-0, as she died on May 4, 2019. Rachel Grace Held was born in Alabama but moved with...
The Shameful Easter Massacre You Never Heard About

The Shameful Easter Massacre You Never Heard About

A shameful event occurred in Louisiana on Easter Sunday 1873. Four years earlier, a new parish (county) had been formed in north central Louisiana. It was named Grant Parish after the U.S. president, and the small town that served as the parish seat was named Colfax,...
Beethoven’s Ninth Erupts with Joy, Hope

Beethoven’s Ninth Erupts with Joy, Hope

The great musical genius, Ludwig van Beethoven, was born 250 years ago this month. Beethoven’s compositions consist of 722 works written over 45 years, from his earliest work in 1782, when he was only 12 years old, until his last work just before his death in Vienna...