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…

On Saying Yes to Justice

Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord? Is this not the fast that I choose: to…

Reflections on Ash Wednesday and a Nasty Habit of God

There is a nasty habit in the history of God that takes center stage on days like today. Ash Wednesday marks the official beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian calendar. Lent is the season when we collectively turn away from ourselves and toward the cross, confessing our sin and longing to be…

Singing the Blues in Psalm 32

Back in high school, all my friends were listening to the usual radio stations–dear God, Nickleback had the number one song my senior year–but my brother and I were a bit more antiestablishment, even back then. We rolled down the road in our dad’s ’88 Bronco II (which is still the coolest truck or car…

Embracing our Mortality: a reflection for lent

…from dust you are, and to dust you shall return. I didn’t know whether to smile or hang my head in shame as the pastor spoke these words over me this morning. Should I thank her for the blessing of the ashen cross she scetched upon my forehead? I know better than to argue with…

Good Friday Reflection: Behold the Man

Don’t ask too many questions, if you please We want to save you the hassle, save you the guilt There is just something that needs to be done And you are our teeth.   Ever since the teeth of the lion devoured in our peaceful streets Ravaging our peace, dismantling our shalom You have been…