• The Magic of Moving Mountains and Cursing Figs

    July 6, 2020 by

    Magical thinking has troubled Christians for two thousand years. It’s the idea that if one knows the right words and says them in the right way God, like Aladdin’s genie, will serve up answers to wishes. It shouldn’t be a surprise. We love magic. We love magicians and magic shows, we love Harry Potter, Bewitched,… Read more

  • July 4th Will Be Different This Year: Perhaps For The Better

    July 2, 2020 by

    July 4th is going to be different this year. COVID-19 has canceled the city’s community wide celebration in Pioneer Park and its Main Street parade – real life versions of a Norman Rockwell painting in this picturesque small city. The park would have been filled with bands, dance groups representing anglo and hispanic heritage, scores… Read more

  • Abe, Isaac & Our Child Sacrifices

    June 25, 2020 by

    This Sunday, liturgical churches are likely to hear the story from Genesis about God instructing Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Abe almost went through with it, but God intervened at the last moment to substitute a goat in Isaac’s place. It’s a terrible story that’s generated accusations and excuses generally falling into two… Read more

  • Restoring Trust In Government: did we ever have any?

    June 22, 2020 by

    There is nothing like a good writer’s prompt, and Heather Cox Richardson’s question of the week was “How can we restore trust in government?” I wondered if we’ve ever had trust in government. It’s complicated. It depends in part on what one believes government should or should not be doing. What are the essential functions… Read more

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