Well, we made it to Israel safely, and even though I am exhausted [up now 24 hours + and counting], it was a wonderful day today. We had absolutely perfect weather–blue sky, breezy, warm enough to walk around without a coat, and we are right on the Mediterranean coast: our hotel is in Netanya, and…… Continue reading Traveling–in general and in particular
So, on the eve of leaving for my first sabbatical trip, my trip to Israel, I have a confession: I am NOT eagerly anticipating seeing the places where Jesus walked/talked/prayed/preached, etc. Oh, I’m looking forward to the experience of being there, of course—what I mean is that I am not eagerly anticipating that my spirituality…… Continue reading He Stood Right Here!!! [Or was it over here…?]
I don’t know whether it is fitting or not, but on this Christmas Eve, I find myself reading “The Sabbath,” by Abraham Joshua Heschel. It is an old book (first published in 1951), but it is new to me, and I am loving it. This is his opening premise: “In technical civilization, we expend time…… Continue reading The Gift of Time
If you had to pick one [and only one!] verse that would sum up the heart of the gospel message, there are lots of good contenders, I think: Nothing in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord [Rom 8:38, paraphrase]; For God so loved…… Continue reading The Darkness does not overcome the Light
Soteriology–the doctrine of salvation–is my favorite topic in Christian theology. In many ways, it’s the center around which all other doctrines revolve, given that it gets at the heart of the gospel message of what Jesus has done for us; and I love the fact that the church endorses a wide variety of images and…… Continue reading Standing the Fire
In my Ethics course this coming Wednesday, we are talking about ethical issues involving sexuality, among other things, and one of the pieces I am bringing to class for discussion is a New York Times article from Nov. 19th, 2011, titled “Secret Dread at Penn State,” by Daniel Mendelsohn. The opening sentence of the article…… Continue reading What if it had been a Girl?
Last week, I went to the Smithsonian American Art Museum, housed in the same building as the National Portrait Gallery—such great exhibits! As I was walking through the Folk Art exhibit on the first floor, I was struck by how many works were based on Scripture—I am including a few of my favorites in this…… Continue reading A Christian Nation?