Peace, peace: Nice prophets and slight healing

Of all the biblical prophets, the one who received the most hostile reception was . . . well, I was going to say Jeremiah, but actually it would have to be Jesus, wouldn’t it? We so easily and persistently forget that when the moment of truth arrived, nearly all his followers abandoned him. Some ofContinue reading “Peace, peace: Nice prophets and slight healing”

How to love other Christians in the Age of Trump

What believers do for each other, according to Hebrews 10:24: Kai katanoōmen allēlous eis paroxysmon agapēs kai kalōn ergōn katanoōmen allēlous: Let us focus our attention and our intellect on each other in such an intense way that we achieve insight and come to understand each other accurately eis paroxysmon: so that we can stimulate,Continue reading “How to love other Christians in the Age of Trump”

The abortion distortion in current US politics

A friend took exception to this part of something I posted on Facebook yesterday morning: Still in Putin’s pocket. Still bashing his domestic political opponents during meetings with foreign heads of government. Grotesquely incompetent and/or gallingly disloyal to our country: Could be either. Could be both. No way it’s neither. He wants to be re-elected.Continue reading “The abortion distortion in current US politics”

Truthfulness and the Word (Christmas 2018)

Here is my Christmas letter to my friends for this year. We tend these days to separate words and actions sharply. Words are just words. Words are cheap. What counts is action, and action can get on well without words. Good talk, bad talk—it’s all just talk, it’s all inconsequential. We don’t confer much creditContinue reading “Truthfulness and the Word (Christmas 2018)”

Can I trust you?

An Address by Dean Gregory Sterling of Yale Divinity School Today at the Yale Divinity School commencement exercises, Dean Gregory Sterling offered some sobering words to graduates in the class of 2018 regarding the context into which they are stepping to begin their service as ministers, scholars, workers for nonprofits. Along with his description ofContinue reading “Can I trust you?”

My strangely unedifying Facebook posts

This post is directed to friends who have found my “political” Facebook posts this year strange or off-putting. Yes: they are strange. For me, this is an opus alienum, a strange work, a thing I am doing that is not the thing I have been primarily called and trained to do, not a thing I likeContinue reading “My strangely unedifying Facebook posts”