The faculty at Wartburg Seminary is reading Caste: the Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson. It is a very interesting book in which she uses the concept of caste, as well as several vivid metaphors, very creatively as a way to invite people into thinking about racism with new categories and fresh eyes. (The…… Continue reading Lament, Caste, and Racism
So, in case you are ready to read something that is NOT about the Coronavirus, I have a quick recommendation. I don’t usually read graphic novels, but I have a very strong theological interest in Judas (basically, I think Judas is the exemplar of salvation in Jesus Christ—if he isn’t saved, none of us are).…… Continue reading Lenten Thoughts on Judas
Today is the conclusion of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, a day Jews take stock of their lives, give an accounting of the year, reevaluate priorities and actions, and confront their failings, assured of God’s forgiveness. In the Machzor for Yom Kippur (the service…… Continue reading Reflections from Yom Kippur
So, what are your views on “sin”? Much of how you might answer that question depends on your background–how you raised, and whether you were raised as a Christian (or Jew or Muslim), and what kind. I have written about sin before, but I was prompted to do so again by this article in The New…… Continue reading Why Talk about Sin?
If you orbit the Lutheran world, you probably have heard that United Lutheran Seminary is in the midst of a serious leadership crisis. Damaging information has come out about President Theresa Latini’s past, which in itself is problematic for some [roughly twenty years ago she was the executive director of OnebyOne, a Presbyterian anti-gay organization…… Continue reading Forgiveness & Accountability
If you are old enough to remember the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, then you are old enough to remember Dan&Dave–said as all one word, as Reebok surely intended. Dan O’Brien and Dave Johnson were, at that time, the two greatest athletes in the world, if you measure such things by performance in the decathlon. This…… Continue reading Dan and Dave: More than a Moment
Have you seen the “Sorry, Not Sorry” hashtag? You know, #sorrynotsorry. You’ve probably seen it, and maybe you’ve even used it once or twice. In its more benign and humorous form, it’s used to indicate an indulgence in a guilty pleasure when one actually doesn’t feel all that guilty. Like, “I ate an entire…… Continue reading #Sorrynotsorry and Lent