Redefining Freedom in 21st Century America

We often count ourselves privileged, even blessed, to live in a nation where we have access to so many freedoms and rights. In comparison to other nations around the globe, we have the ability to pursue life, love, happiness and a host of other things that people in other countries wish they could enjoy. But … Continue reading Redefining Freedom in 21st Century America

When Our Problems Begin and End With Ourselves

Most people when confronting a problem or a difficult situation like to figure out where to place the blame. They want to find out who or what they can point to for the mess that they find themselves in. Children blame parents for an awful upbringing, wives blame husbands for a turbulent marriage, nations blame … Continue reading When Our Problems Begin and End With Ourselves

Prayer for Syria

Dear God, My heart is heavy. Sometimes I feel like it will break. Tears I can barely keep from flowing down my face as I look, and I see, my brothers and sisters losing their lives in Syria. Day after day, more and more people are taking their last breaths, slipping into eternity, at the … Continue reading Prayer for Syria

In Memory of 9/11

Tonight's drive home from work was not particularly special. I stopped by the day care to pick up my daughter, ran by Target to get one or two necessities, talked to a friend I had not seen in a while, and was back on the road toward home in no time. As I drove, I … Continue reading In Memory of 9/11

What Happens When You Are Not Fully Human

A self-righteous, religious leader once asked Jesus a question. "Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the law (Matthew 22.36)?" And although Jesus knew that in his questioning, this man was up to no good, he responded "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind...and … Continue reading What Happens When You Are Not Fully Human

Reclaiming Very Goodness

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. God saw that the light was … Continue reading Reclaiming Very Goodness

Stereotypes: Fact or Fiction

How do we distinguish between what is true or characteristic about a people or a culture, and what is a stereotype? This is a question that I ask myself periodically as I catch myself and others labeling an entire people group, nationality, gender or social class on account of a few interactions with people from … Continue reading Stereotypes: Fact or Fiction