Cracks and Questions

Questions and cracks are two ways God can use to deepen our faith, encourage our growth, and give us great joy. Those who dread such a route very often have a religion based on fear. If they question or doubt, they are afraid they will go to hell or face some terrible punishment. But once our minds have expanded by asking a question or harboring a doubt, they can never return to their original size. Continue reading

A Privation of Good

Careless seems the great Avenger; history’s pages but recordOne death-grapple in the darkness ‘twixt old systems and the Word;Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. (James Russell Lowell)… Continue reading

QAnon, Trump, and Norway

Just when I thought Trump couldn’t get any worse, he demonstrated there is no limit to his evil machinations. On August 19, 2020, he added another group to his base of racists, misogynists, homophobes, Islamophobes, the lunatic fringe of Christianity, spineless politicians who would sacrifice our democracy in order to… Continue reading

Gettysburg, Lincoln, and Science

Throughout the Democratic National Convention, I was reminded of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address which ended with “that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from this earth.” I could only imagine what Lincoln would think of how Trump has perverted the party Lincoln founded…. Continue reading

Mahatma Gandhi’s Seven Deadly Sins of Contemporary Society

Mahatma Gandhi was perhaps the greatest spiritual leader of the 20th Century. Albert Einstein said the following about this great Hindu saint: “Generations to come will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked this earth.” I believe that Gandhi provided a social,… Continue reading

Economics as If People Matter

The modern economy is propelled by a frenzy of greed and indulges in an orgy of envy, and these are not accidental features but the very causes of its expansionist success. . . If human vices such as greed and envy are systematically cultivated, the inevitable result is nothing less… Continue reading

The Tenses of Salvation

He looked at me like I was speaking Greek—which I was. I could tell he was not satisfied with my answer. Perhaps he thought I was speaking in tongues. Of course, it was a smart aleck answer (I was only 25 years old and had had my fill of fundamentalist theology for the day). But it was also a biblical answer, and I think, a good answer. What I was asking the student was this: “Do you mean am I being saved, was I saved, or will I be saved?” Continue reading