Sustained, uninterrupted attention is an unusual gift, both to ourselves and to others. It may be the thing that saves us. The moment of pure attention contains within it the possibility of a future worth having.
A monument recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Elaine Race Massacre will soon be “dedicated,” not in Elaine, Arkansas, but in Helena, across from the courthouse where justice was not served, on ground that also hosts a tribute to seven Confederate generals.
Yes, the environmental picture is bleak, and we need to know just how dire the situation is. But as people of faith, we are never without hope.
Firearms aren’t on the slippery slope; the American people are. We’re the ones whose kids are scared to go to school.
In American Christianity today, many pastors and other ministry leaders in the dominant culture are afraid of being prophetically pastoral. As a result, the Church and the Gospel suffer.
Who better than a pastor – called to live in a peculiar way on behalf of a group of people unable to live this way most days – to practice the art of prophetically being one’s authentic self, rather than attempting to be one’s best, most marketable self?
Beneath this star-spangled net of red, white and blue, we are trapped by hate and violence – and entitlement to our weapons.
If we listen carefully to how children ask their questions of God and church, we clergy, parents and other adults might discover ways to “speak Christian” plainly.
The prophets’ call to “heal the earth” is being awakened in surprising places — like police forces.