Loyal and Critical: A Lesson Well Learned

Loyal and Critical: A Lesson Well Learned

Professor Bill Hoyt, chair of the department of religion and philosophy, returned what we students of old called “term papers” – pecked out on a typewriter and smeared with the brushed-on, corrective fluid branded as Wite-Out. It was my first research paper in an...
History is Not Dead and Buried

History is Not Dead and Buried

A Mexican proverb states, “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” It reminded me of another that I learned from my mother. Speaking of an unsolved murder mystery, she told me, “The ground doesn’t talk.” But it does. Blood cries from the ground, from...
Tested by Pluralism, American Christianity Fails

Tested by Pluralism, American Christianity Fails

American evangelicals love to love — at times, quite widely. They give generously to “foreign missions,” with hope some unknown, lost souls in faraway lands will be rescued from eternal damnation. Many will take a trip — and pay their own expenses — to help dig a well...
Project Spreads Roma Music for the World to Hear It

Project Spreads Roma Music for the World to Hear It

I still remember our first visit to the Lunik 9 settlement in Kosice, Slovakia. By that time, nearly eight years ago, the neighborhood was already known as one of the largest Roma slums in Central Europe. It seemed out of place – an ugly holdout of poverty in a...