How Congregations Can Help Slow Spread of Flu

Frequently, I am asked about how our church handles suggestions from health organizations to help stem the tide of infectious diseases, particularly during occasions of “passing the peace” and celebrating communion in public worship. Here’s what I...

Sound of Silence: Can We Truly Escape Technology?

One of my ministerial friends is on a “silent retreat.” At face value, it sounds pretty attractive, with no looming distractions, no interruptions and no pressing deadlines. The needed rest it promises is particularly appealing for those, like me, who...

Why Have Americans Been So Quick to Justify Torture?

Torture is not only cruel. It is also ineffective and unreliable, according to a leading neuroscientist studying the effects of the brain under conditions of extreme, repeated and prolonged stress. Writing in the journal Trends in Cognitive Science, Shane O’Mara...

When’s the Best Time to Help Those in Need?

Often, a spiritual aspiration is defined as “living fully in the present.” Buddhism embraces the idea of impermanence, or anicca, where all things exist through a unique combination of factors with no single moment ever being exactly the same as it...

AYK? Sharing Good News Not Easy in Internet Age

As ministers, we are the arbitrators of the gospel, professional communicators of the Good News of God’s love and favor proclaimed in the teachings and life-example of Jesus of Nazareth. We are a people of the Book, affirming the central role of the Bible as the...