When Adults Don’t Outgrow Childhood ‘Cooties’

When Adults Don’t Outgrow Childhood ‘Cooties’

It was third or fourth grade, and it just was not cool to like members of the opposite sex. There were a few long-time friends with whom we could interact somewhat privately, but otherwise no contact was permissible. They had cooties. You probably know variations....
SBC Seminary Heads Widen Gap with People of Color

SBC Seminary Heads Widen Gap with People of Color

The presidents of the six Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) seminaries released a joint statement in late November dismissing critical race theory (CRT) as incompatible with their understanding of the gospel and the 2000 Southern Baptist Convention Faith and Message....
I Resolve to – Stretch

I Resolve to – Stretch

Earlier this month, with the semester over and an anniversary to celebrate, Susan and I headed to a mountain cabin for a few days. The weather was chilly, but mostly decent, so we managed to get in several good hikes. Over three days, we hiked about 25 miles on...
Why This Troubled World Should Go On

Why This Troubled World Should Go On

When we hold a baby, we cradle possibility and touch tomorrow. As Carl Sandburg said in his book, Remembrance Rock, “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.” Mary and Joseph brought their baby to the temple to do what Torah, the Law of Moses, required of...
Advent – A Divided Nation’s Time for Choosing

Advent – A Divided Nation’s Time for Choosing

My longstanding default concept of the season of Advent has been a “time of preparation,” when both the material activities and the spiritual reflections focus on the coming gift of Christmas and all that it means for our faith orientation to life. This year’s Advent...