An old idiom, usually attributed to Oscar Wilde, says that irony is wasted on stupid people. But not everyone who fails to appreciate irony is a mindless dolt. Some of them are quite clever, aiming their malformed wit in the…
Thrust into the wilderness of this global pandemic, we must not succumb to the temptation to turn stones into bread. We should not allow virtual church to become more desirable – more permanent – than the miracle of a physically gathered community.
The common exhortation of “Don’t look away” reminds us that a lack of vigilance can make us oblivious to the ways in which our political environment can change us for the worse. But an ironic danger lurks beneath the surface.
The abuse of scripture in the “law and order” defense of atrocities at the U.S. border has been roundly and rightly criticized. But, moderate and progressive Christians, let’s be honest: fundamentalists and government officials aren’t the only ones guilty of a perverted form of natural theology.