Can These Seeds Grow?

Can These Seeds Grow?

Eight years ago, I wrote about the near miraculous resurrection of a Judean date palm from seeds that were, at the time, thought to be almost 2,000 years old. The seeds were found in 1963 in a collapsed storeroom in the desert stronghold of Masada, built by Herod “the...

Wesley’s Call to Unconditional Love Still Resonates

John Wesley could be a pain. He was dogmatic, opinionated, partisan and stubbornly hard to shift from what he believed was the central ground of Christian faith. But that made him neither an exclusive nor a separatist from other Christians. In 1749, he preached a...

4 Truths to Respond to Criticism with Grace

A long time ago in a church far, far away, I received a rather critical letter in the mail. A friend and colleague in the church had been sent the letter as well. As soon as he received his copy, he called me. During our conversation, he urged me not to respond for 24...

Why Christians Must Seek Civility in Communication

A group of 25 religious leaders met in Washington, D.C., recently to promote civil discourse. They wanted to turn down the harshness of the rhetoric in our nation’s capital. Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the U.S. Episcopal Church, told...