Category Archives: Theology and Ethics

The First Will Be Last

Below is the text of a recent letter my wife Jean and I sent to the editor of our local newspaper, the Sun Chronicle, occasioned by President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement.   For those who like to … Continue reading

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The Courage to Live

In the wise, charming and funny movie, You Can’t Take It with You (1938 Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Director, Frank Capra), there’s a conversation on a park bench between Alice Sycamore (played by Jean Arthur) and Tony … Continue reading

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Different Visions

Jean and I attended the Women’s March in Boston last Saturday, one of 600+ marches worldwide, to promote a very different vision than that of President Trump.  It was exciting to be part of a crowd of 175,000 people, women, … Continue reading

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Spiritual Practices for Anxious Times

Here are some practices from the contemplative tradition which you may find helpful (and which I have been using) to cope with the shock of the recent election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Try meditation as … Continue reading

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Brexit and the Singing Horse

A man condemned to death told his king: “I could teach your horse to sing within a year.”  The king replied: “Very well. But if the horse is not singing a year from now you will be executed.”  On returning … Continue reading

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Tribe or Beloved Community

In High School I was taught that politics is the art of compromise.  It seems a self-evident aphorism since in a democracy there are usually opposing viewpoints but also a need to find agreement to move forward as a nation.  … Continue reading

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Saved From Sacrifice

Book Review: Saved From Sacrifice (Eerdmans, 2006) by S. Mark Heim. The Cross on which Jesus died is central to Christian faith, but what does it mean?  A longstanding and popular view has been called substitutionary penal atonement –the idea … Continue reading

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