• A Better Fast for A Better Lent

    February 25, 2020 by

    Lent is known as a time for fasting and penitential reflection, although if we’re honest about it, fasting and penitence is observed with less than disciplined intent by most of us. Penitence seems medieval, painful, even pointless. Fasting to follow the latest diet fad might be OK, otherwise it’s likely to be something like chocolate,… Read more

  • Who Cares What You Think

    February 23, 2020 by

    Not long ago I posted a response to an article in the Seattle Times that was answered by someone declaring “Who cares what you think?” It may have been said out of contempt or defensive anger, but it wasn’t a bad question. I write on politics, religion and economic matters, and why should anyone care… Read more

  • Politics, Preachers & The Gospel

    February 17, 2020 by

    An unsolicited online critic recently scolded me for making my political voice heard in public places. He said every clergy person he knew kept their political opinions to themselves and I should be ashamed of myself for writing on politics. I feel a certain immodest shame when I write on economics, the famously dismal science… Read more

  • A Brief Reflection On Episcopalian Proclamation of The Faith

    February 14, 2020 by

    A brief reflection on an unfinished conversation with someone I never met. Not long ago a question was posed on an Episcopal Church discussion forum asking what influence John Selby Spong had on the the Church. It erupted into hundreds of comments that devolved into unChristian insult slinging more characteristic of presidential tweets, and the… Read more

  • The Old American West: a story for our times

    February 12, 2020 by

    Heather Cox Richardson (Boston College) wrote a lengthy Facebook post about the importance of narrative in elections, and how the people she calls “movement conservatives” have one. For what it’s worth, what she calls movement conservatives, I call extreme libertarians. But progressives and moderates, struggling to craft a narrative that can be shared between their… Read more

  • The Bell Tolls for Life

    February 10, 2020 by

    The line, “…send not to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee,” are the closing words of a 400 year old poem by John Donne that begins with another familiar line, “No man is an island…” Written in a time of a deadly epidemic, it’s a bold statement that amidst uncountable deaths,… Read more

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