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  • Luke, Love, Follow

    November 14, 2019 by

    The call to discipleship is less about certifying our eternal destiny through faith in Jesus as the Christ, and more about becoming followers who continue his work during our earthly pilgrimage.  Jesus was pretty clear about what that means.  To follow him is to love others as he loves us, which is not something we… Read more

  • Trump’s True Believers

    November 10, 2019 by

    Solid Trump voters are a mystery.  Without the slightest hint of guile, they profess him to be the most honest, God fearing, promise keeping president ever, and are proud of all he is doing to make and keep America great.  I was struck by the sincerity of a local man whose letter to the editor… Read more

  • The Meaning of the Liturgy

    November 8, 2019 by

    As Episcopalians, we’re pretty good at explaining what the liturgy is, and how it works, but fail at explaining why it’s essential to our ways of worship, or what it’s supposed to mean in the lives of parishioners. It’s pointless to turn to Hachett, Dix, or any of the dozens of academics who have blessed… Read more

  • Looking down on each other: Let’s stop it

    November 4, 2019 by

    If, as my previous column argued, the practice of looking down on each other is a destructive force in American society, the question becomes; what would it take for us to stop looking down on each other?  It’s a problem in every culture on earth going back for centuries.  Like other social issues, it’s only… Read more

  • Who looks down on Who?

    November 3, 2019 by

    Who looks down on who? One of the standing tropes used to explain Trump’s popularity among working class people is that they’ve had it with urban elites looking down on them.  They demand respect and willingly give their support to him because he panders to their demand.  His pandering appears authentic because he talks and… Read more

  • Five Foundations of Trump Support

    October 28, 2019 by

    Bob Gorrell, a popular syndicated editorial cartoonist, has deftly summarized five key symbols of Trump’s enduring loyalty among a great many voters for whom his questionable behavior can be easily overlooked. The stock market hitting historic highs Unemployment among all groups at record levels America now energy independent and exporting oil and gas Tax cuts… Read more

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