I remember it well. Billboards were being purchased with warnings: The Rapture will happen in 2011. Do you remember this? Christian radio host, Harold Camping, sincerely believed and taught that the rapture was coming in May 2011. He was wrong....
The solutions are very straightforward. For a fraction of the expense that the U.S. taxpayer put into destroying Laos, you could clear the unexploded ordnance. So the first step would be to do what we claim the Japanese can’t do: take responsibility. Maybe that would be a start. […] Continue reading "We’re Neurotic: Nonviolent Reflections on Memorial Day – Year 2"
“I have a complaint to make.” The comment was made by a member of our church who periodically drops in on me Tuesday mornings. The twinkle in his eye and the grin on his face signaled that this “complaint” was more of an observation or a conversation starter than an actual grievance. […]
I was precariously winding my way through snow-covered streets in my neighbourhood a few days ago, trying to keep moving so as not to get stuck. At one point, I glided through and unmarked intersection coming out of an alley, and just as I crossed the sidewalk I noticed a young man less than a meter from my side window. I wasn’t going fast—certainly not fast enough to do any kind of damage—but it still felt like a bit of a close call. […]
God of our salvation, all our longing is known to you, our sighing is not hidden from you… So begins one of today’s prayers in the prayer book I use. Quite appropriately, as it turns out, for I do a lot of longing and a lot of sighing. […]
Now is the time for appositeness. Unnecessary words shall be shaved away. To some, the consequences of last Tuesday are sanguine, if not celebratory. To others, the consequences of last Tuesday are bleak, if not hopeless. There are still more who fit somewhere in between, or on the outside.[…] Continue reading "On the Call for Unity"
“So, what do you Canadians think of our election campaign?” The question was accompanied by a wry, knowing smile by an earnest young man as we were finishing a lovely meal at a restaurant along the shores of the Susquehanna River during a recent trip to Pennsylvania. As it happened, it was October 7, the very date that the recording of Trump’s lewd comments about women were setting the Internet on fire. And Americans, it seemed, could talk of little else. […]
Through the Incarnation, Jesus made a way for our union with God. In addition, Jesus’ death and resurrection defeated the powers of evil. This should then lead us to ask: Why do we have to continue to fight evil? ...
Our vision of the future motivates us and compels our actions today. We work not because work is good in itself, but because our work produces something good, if only some finances to help us and our family survive. Many of us are also motivated by our vision of the world's future. We not only see how the world is, but what it could be and work toward that ultimate goal.
I was warned, this afternoon. Me and a few hundred others who had gathered for a funeral. Me and a few hundred others who sat, silently, grimly, in a cavernous and spare sanctuary while a stern man in a black suit stood in an elevated pulpit and admonished us with grave fingers wagging. I was […]
My transition to “retirement” (that is, to full-time writing) has gone a bit slower than I would have hoped due to some unforeseen (relatively minor) health issues. I take it as a sign of a renewing vigor that last night in those often intellectually fecund moments between lights out and sleep I came up with a new title for my next writing project: Healing Politics: A Non-Apocalyptic Reading of the Apocalypse of Jesus Christ