On the Transfer of Power in Congress

   The Washington Post recently ran a photo of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez which calls to mind one of the texts appointed for this week by the Revised Common Lectionary. Both the photo and the text depict an incorporation of sorts, one party melding into another, and both involve the transfer of power, but one of them... Continue Reading →

Always Both the Stable and the Inn

Epiphany, January 6, 2019 (Read lectionary texts here.)    “Where is the child born king of the Jews?” ask the men from the east.    What does that question mean to them, and what would it mean to me?    To them it must mean, ‘Where is the person who is finally going to remove the... Continue Reading →

Fighting Guns with Christian Witness

   The Washington Post recently profiled a typical day of gun violence in America, and following that trail of blood across the country made me think again that only people with a certain kind of standing ought to have a say in certain matters. The abortion debate should be left to people who have experience... Continue Reading →

Forced to Sit with People Who Are Wrong

     Millions of people, including many Christians, will see the incoherent Christian response to Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh as yet another reason to abandon the Christian project altogether. I feel that way myself sometimes, and I’m a Christian seminarian.    Her most enduring memory is the laughter of those boys. In every... Continue Reading →

What’s a Christian to Do?

   There’s a price to pay for claiming Christian identity, and it can be high. Maybe that’s why the word “Christian” seems to be slipping out of public discourse.      This week, The New York Times reported that a certain group of people wants senate Republicans to force a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to... Continue Reading →

Who Can Discern Their Own Errors?

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Richard Beck offered a few reflections on prayer this morning that resonate with my own experience and practice. Prayer doesn’t come naturally to me either. I, too, have been “saved” by the discipline of a regular practice. I, too need a morning routine to reroute me from less productive ways of starting my days, whether it’s uncritically beginning to feed at the trough of the entertainment news cycle or engaging in fruitless online discourse or whatever. I like what Beck says about how the way we “imprint” our day matters. If the first thing I reach for in the morning is my phone or my laptop, my heart and mind begin to be shaped in ways that are deeply unhealthy.

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