Wisdom Wherever You Find It: Is This Heaven?

Wisdom Wherever You Find It: Is This Heaven?

There is usually a bit of timeless wisdom that inspires these columns of mine. I will admit that the quotation that provoked this column — “Is this heaven?” — makes no sense out of context. Here is a link to a video of a little more than seven minutes that...
The Power of Words

The Power of Words

Words can have amazing power, so long as we grant it to them. In a story familiar by now, a popular Catholic priest in Arizona had to resign when someone realized he had been using one wrong word when performing baptisms. Andres Arango had served three different...
Returning to the Baptismal Waters

Returning to the Baptismal Waters

Returning to the baptismal waters was more emotional than I ever expected. Recently, I was asked to baptize a young woman named Kate in the church where I served for 11 years. As a pastor with over two decades of local congregational experience, I grew accustomed to...
The Most Important Ritual in American Society

The Most Important Ritual in American Society

I have long been a fan of ritual. It is almost worth being religious just to be able to perform the rituals connected with a faith tradition. The prostration during Muslim prayer, the administration of communion during Christian worship, the devotional positions of...