Originally published December 24, 2016 “Always winter but never Christmas.” ~ C S. Lewis The night A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered, on December 9, 1965, half of the American population watching television tuned in. At the time it was quite controversial, criticized for being: too religious, too jazzy, too offbeat, not having a laugh track using the voices of real children. In December of 1965 I … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas
The recent public conversation on immigrants and immigration has had a tearing effect on the American psyche. It seems for many Americans the memory of how we came to be American people has been forgotten. For most of us, America is not our native land. We, too, are foreigners, descended of refugees from an earlier time. Many of our ancestors were greeted in an equally … Continue reading A Mutt Named America
Nothing characterized my early journey in faith more than doubt. From the first moment I picked up a Baltimore Catechism, skepticism set in. I was taught that every person enters the world with the table already set, answers to every question, truth to negate every falsehood, and clear, dark lines defining the good and the bad. The rule book for life was a time-tested document … Continue reading Saved by Doubt
We hear the word smart being used a lot these days. Companies want to locate near smart people. Employers like hiring smart people. Advertisers like selling to smart people. We are awash in all things smart. We have smart phones, smart watches, smart cars and smart homes. We even have smart apps to navigate for us, spell for us, budget our money, brew our morning coffee. Why … Continue reading Smart or Wise?
Originally published February 16, 2016. “This is what I believe: That I am I. That my soul is a dark forest. That my known self will never be more than a little clearing in that forest. That gods, strange gods, come forth from the forest in the clearing of my known self, and then go back. That I must have the courage to let them … Continue reading When I Learned to Listen