Oh dear Lord! There it is again: the meme spreading the false equivalence of the Old Testament’s Nehemiah, rebuilder of Jerusalem, to Donald J. Trump, accidental president of the United States. As if it hasn’t been enough to hear far … Continue reading No. Trump is not the second coming of Nehemiah!
Strange, perhaps, but one of the many things I love recalling about my father are the arguments we had when I was a teenager in the early ’70s. We debated everything. He challenged me. He frustrated me. Once during a … Continue reading Why you should follow blogs you don’t agree with
I started my day by reading an engaging article in the National Catholic Reporter, “Fixing everything: First, let God be God,” by Sister Joan Chittister. Now this is the first time I’ve read anything in the National Catholic Reporter so I find it … Continue reading God’s Kingdom is not a populist movement
For decades, I argued that the answer is “yes.” I was proof, after all, because I believed in Jesus of Nazareth but I did not believe in God. Not the One God, the Only God, the Israelite God, the God … Continue reading Can you believe in Jesus but not in God?
There’s a Bible verse that some self-identified Christians love to recite when the mood is right: “The truth will set you free!” These folks draw the … Continue reading When the truth doesn’t set us free
Yay. We rang in the New Year. In the U.S., we wore funny hats, tooted blowouts, twirled noisemakers, popped confetti champagne poppers, set off fireworks, and watched The Times Square ball drop. We either made New Year’s resolutions or resolved … Continue reading Pay Attention to the Two-Faced New Year
Lately I’ve been contemplating the meaning of “generosity.” Real generosity, not the I-shared-a-Kit-Kat-with-my-husband generosity (even though I maintain that I should get some measure of credit. I mean, c’mon.) Somehow I doubt that re-gifting the pearlescent blue unicorn bust from my Secret Santa qualifies, either. The Widow’s Mite, James Tissot (1886-1894) Seriously, is painless generosity true generosity if it costs us nothing? Shouldn’t it hurt at least a little? Require sacrifice? Should it not only be an act of kindness but of faith that we have enough? Maybe. Mark 12: 41 Then he sat down opposite the offering box, and watched the crowd putting … Continue reading Red Skirt Generosity