Last night was mid-year graduation at Gettysburg College. It was the first time I had attended, and it was a really lovely ceremony. The graduates were recognized, and as each one came across the stage, we heard just a little about them. There were only 30 or so students, so the ceremony had a very…… Continue reading Stardust and the Incarnation
What started with a trickle, with the revelations of Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior back in early October, has become a river, with the current allegations against Senate nominee Roy Moore, Senator Al Franken, and actor Kevin Spacey–among many others. Who knows what else will have come out, and against whom, by Christmas? It’s enough to…… Continue reading Note to Men with Power: Hands Off!
I don’t want to talk about guns, and gun control–not again. I can’t bear to have this conversation one more time, because we have been here before, and we know after all the hand-wringing, all the prayers, all the regrets, nothing is going to change. Congress will refuse to pass any stricter gun-control laws, any…… Continue reading Not not-talking about Gun Violence
If you are Lutheran surely you are aware that we are [finally!] getting ready for Reformation Sunday. Again, as you surely know, this year it is an especially big deal, because the Lutheran Church [and others] around the world are commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation–anticipation has been building since last year at this…… Continue reading Good Enough, Just as You are
Last week, one of my students brought to my attention a really interesting article from the Washington Post, titled “Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow: A tale of two Christians on their knees.” [Find it here: Tebow and Kaepernick]. It was written in light of the current practice of NFL players taking a knee during the…… Continue reading The “Wrong” Kind of Christian
Saturday, September 30th, 2017 Today is Yom Kippur, the final day of the Jewish High Holidays, which began last Wednesday with Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year in Judaism, the day when Jews are closest to God and to the heart of their own being. It is a day spent…… Continue reading Yom Kippur, Elie Wiesel & Martin Luther
I have been thinking quite a bit about this article that I read recently in The New York Times: The Problem of Living in the Present It is very interesting, as it describes how we spend our time, and how we think about our activities. Specifically, it contrasts “telic” activities with “atelic” activities. “Telic” activities have a…… Continue reading Atelic Activity and the Sabbath