Raising Cain Today

Am I my brother’s keeper? Nothing surpasses the joy and wonder of a child. The possibilities, the potentialities, the first steps, the crazed screams of jubilation arising over the sighting of a dog call each mother and father, each aunt and uncle and plenty of unsuspecting strangers to attention. This is inherent in what it…

Embodied Theology

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The story of humanity from the beginning has been a long witness to the creations’ struggle to listen to the voice of the Creator. At first, the instructions were simple. “Breathe.” And it was so. “Be fruitful and multiply.” And it was good. But then then…

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus- but take your time…

Come, Thou long expected Jesus; Born to set Thy people free; From our fears and sins release us, Let us find our rest in Thee. Early on in the professional wanderings of Jesus, the misfit band of God-in-flesh and his fishermen entourage came across an infirmary. This particular group of handicapped folks hung out in…

Friendship is for Those Who Fear

One little phrase from David sums up this strange relationship we have with the love of God. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him. Love is only for the frightened. Camaraderie is reserved for those who are willing to be weak. Jesus can only be our homeboy if we are scared…

Hope that Stands on One Foot

The prophet Amos had a rough life. He was born and raised to be a shepherd when, all of a sudden, one night in the fields, the word of the Lord came to him. That was it. His life was never the same. Instead of speaking softly to sheep, fending off wolves, Amos found himself…

‘Tis the Season to Remember: God is For Us

I remember being in college listening to a super-spiritual professor tell us all about the church calendar. I could not believe somebody could find it in themselves to become genuinely ecstatic about the rhythm of the church, but there he was, almost squealing with joy over the idea of words like Maundy, Pentecost, Holy Names,…