Leaning Out

Leaning Out

A German theologian tells the story of his preschool daughter, who loved to stand on the window seat in their mountain home and watch what was happening on the road in the valley far below them. With the windows thrown wide open—nothing between their precious child...
What I Learned Inside an MRI Machine

What I Learned Inside an MRI Machine

I glided into the mouth of the machine as the slab I was on was swallowed into a long tube like the hole in a seven-foot thick donut. When it stopped, I opened my eyes and saw the curved ceiling a few inches above me. In the long pre-text questionnaire I’d filled out,...
The Paradox of Responsibility

The Paradox of Responsibility

“Who is responsible?” is a question debated wherever you turn today. A woman treasurer of a large Episcopal diocese embezzled $200,000, then explained she was forced to steal because she wasn’t paid enough. A man in the process of burglarizing a school accidentally...
Will God Heal Me?

Will God Heal Me?

Recently I’ve had some conversations around the issue of God’s healing—why are some healed and not others? Is it all a matter of having enough faith? What if I earnestly pray for healing and nothing happens? One of my writing focuses is the mystery of God.  There is...
Can Character Make a Comeback?

Can Character Make a Comeback?

President Harry Truman was fond of quoting Horace Greeley: “Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings, those who cheer today may curse tomorrow, only one thing endures—character.” As I hear public figures continue to say things few Americans would...
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