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Jesus or Barabbas?

Why do we sometimes choose one part of ourselves over another - as if active and passive resistance, love and anger are opposites?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Nonviolent resistance emerged as the technique of the movement, while love stood as the regulating idea. In other words, Christ furnished the spirit and motivation, while Ghandi furnished the method.

Two Powerful Stories of Forgiveness

So many things are done easily the moment you can do them at all. But till then, simply impossible, like learning to swim.

Let's Start at the Beginning

How often have I forgotten to acknowledge God - the real leader of my life - and how often have I had to pay the price for my neglect?

At the Foot of the Cross: A Reflection on Newtown

This is the season of the cradle, not the cross, but we need the cross now. The cradle is bathed in too much light from Star and Angel. Radiant beams only hurt our eyes, which have recently become unwillingly accustomed to deepest dark. For now, we need the cover of night.

An Office Blessing

When was the last time you blessed your office?

Feminist Psalmist

The modern reader with modern views about gender and gender roles has much to put up with in the Bible.

Why I Don't Wear a WWJD Bracelet

I have never been a fan of those WWJD bracelets, where the initials stand for the question, "What would Jesus do?" They seem to imply that we should answer that question at every turn and that it should then influence our actions. What would Jesus do? OK, then I will do exactly the same.

10 Signs You Should Not Be Getting Married in a Church

May God bless all those who marry, wherever they may do so, that they will rejoice even more in love's winter than in its springtime.

Neck Verse

History is rife with occasions when knowing Scripture by heart has made a material difference in people's lives, even saved their necks.