The End: Apocalyptic Musings

What goes through your mind when you see some angry preacher with a bullhorn shouting that the end is near? Do you ignore him/her? The idea that God will soon dramatically intervene in the affairs of the world and draw history to a close … well, it’s an extreme idea, isn’t it? It is enough […]

The Gaze

I think we typically like to think of ourselves as autonomous people who stand on our own two feet, and do not require anyone else to be who we are. There is likely something of value in this, but I think it is off the mark in at least one important way. I do not […]

ARE YOU A LIBERAL OR CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN?

I heard a story a while ago about a Rabbi who visited Northern Ireland. He came to a check point while traveling about the country in a car, and slowed down and stopped. After he rolled down his window, the guard asked, “Are you Catholic or Protestant?” The Rabbi answered, “I am Jewish!” There was […]

I am Special and You are Not!

Matt. 24:40 Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Matt. 24:41 Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. This text from Matthew speaks of what is commonly called the second coming, what would be better called “the […]

The Bible Says…

The Bible is in the news again, for all the wrong reasons. Sarah Sanders says “It is very biblical to enforce the law,” in defense of the current policy of separating the children from the parents who are trying to enter into the US illegally (sanders-family-separation-bible-sessions). If this is what the Bible says, we should […]

Wharf Rat

Like most of Robert Hunter’s works, the lyrics to “Wharf Rat” live beyond the intention of its author. It is as if Hunter gives his words to the world and lets them become what they will. I think this is the mark of a true poet. The meaning as originally intended is but one iteration […]