The Scandal of Christianity

Normally, I would not put Søren Kierkegaard [melancholic 19th century Danish philosopher/theologian] and James Cone [feisty 20th century black theologian] together on the same side of a theological line in the sand, but this week, they collided in a very interesting and helpful way.  Kierkegaard came first:  I have been reading Practice in Christianity with…… Continue reading The Scandal of Christianity

The Discipline of Humility

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/03/111003fa_fact_gawande?currentPage=allSometimes I feel like the virtue of humility is in an ever-increasing state of short supply.   Don’t get me wrong:  I’m not talking about the kind of humility that comes from repeated humiliation—a form of oppression and abuse imposed on someone from the outside:  the kind that happens to belittled children, battered spouses, and domineered…… Continue reading The Discipline of Humility

A Peace Prize for “Praying the Devil back to Hell”

How wonderful it was to wake up to the news that three women were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this year:  Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; Liberian peace activist Leyma Gbowee, and a democracy advocate from Yemen, Tawakkul Karman. Of the three, I was particularly gratified to see the two women from Liberia recognized.  It…… Continue reading A Peace Prize for “Praying the Devil back to Hell”