What Markings Do We Bear?

What Markings Do We Bear?

In a faith tradition familiar to many, the most important thing in the world — this one and the next — is being saved. The second most important thing is getting others saved. The first priority is often cast as a simple, step-by step process of admitting one’s sinful...
Faith Lessons Under a Bridge in Austin

Faith Lessons Under a Bridge in Austin

A woman shared her anxiety about the death of her brother with me at a recent workshop I was leading. Her older brother had died from the COVID-19 virus before there were vaccines for it and had died because he had dangerously exposed himself to catching the virus....
What It Takes to Reform Broken Prison System

What It Takes to Reform Broken Prison System

We can’t keep doing the same things over and over while crossing our fingers hoping for a different outcome. A chapel speaker during my high school years put it this way, “If we always do what we’ve always done, we’ll always get what we’ve always got.” This insight...
What Should Cries of ‘Hosanna’ Mean Today?

What Should Cries of ‘Hosanna’ Mean Today?

We celebrate what is traditionally known as Palm Sunday on the sixth Sunday of Lent. Here is my paraphrase of the Palm Sunday narrative featured in the lectionary texts this week: As Jesus rode the young colt into Jerusalem, People came from all around to honor him....