Grace, Faith, Works & Democracy
God had taken his place in the divine council in the midst of the rich and powerful (gods) on which he held judgment. “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Give justice to the weak and the orphans, maintain the right of the lowly and destitute, rescue the weak and… Read more
Citizenship: Individual Rights or the Common Good?
I wrote a piece about citizenship some months ago and have been thinking more about it since then. Who is a citizen and what does that mean has become a question of serious contention. Political parties are going in separate directions, with white supremacists and so called Christian nationalists pushing hard in the direction of… Read more
On Being a Country Parson: George Herbert and me.
My blog, Country Parson, is named in honor of George Herbert, a late sixteenth and early seventeenth century priest and poet. His education prepared him for a successful career ar Court or the university, but he ended up becoming a village parish priest. He was only 39 when he died, but his output of prose… Read more
The American Way:making it a better way for more Americans.
The American Way is a phrase that came into popular use during the 1930s to describe what was believed to be the unique American character. It was interpreted differently by different people who used common adjectives about American individualism working collaboratively to ensure freedom, opportunity, the virtue of hard work, and commitment to the greater… Read more
Artifical Intelligence: Brave New World?
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the topic of the day in some quarters. Computers guiding self-driving cars is probably the most well known example. They have to “think” in a way as the best human driver would. Too far there are enough glitches to keep them from being trustworthy, but that’s likely to change soon. Siri,… Read more
Ashes & Dust: their meaning in today’s world
Ash Wednesday (February 22 this year) has been observed by the churches of western Christianity since the early middle ages. It fell out of use in some Protestant churches after the Reformation but seems to have become more common among them over the last few decades. Also increasing in popularity is the practice of “Ashes… Read more
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