Category Archives: essays

Man walking up some stairs

An Awkward Jacob’s Ladder

Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. He came to a certain place and camped for the night since the sun had set. He took one of the stones there, set it under his head and lay down to sleep. And he dreamed: A stairway

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The Comfort of Fundamentalisms

There’s a real comfort in being fundamentalist. And disturbing that comfort invokes a protective response that tells us that the depth of the appeal of whatever fundamentalism is involved serves a purpose that has little to do with the kind of doctrines to which a

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Hong Kong: Why Injustice There is a Threat to Justice Everywhere

Hong Kong and Birmingham Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for justice brought him into direct collision with various local governments who characterized his brand of nonviolent direct action as “outsiders coming in.” He pushed back against this viewpoint most eloquently in his 1963 “Letter

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LGBTQI Stories Teach Us How to be People of Faith

Queer and Trans people of faith frequently hear that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Christian, or that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Muslim, or that they cannot be Queer or Trans and be Jewish. Our logical, philosophical, or theological

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Forbearance

Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. — Ephesians 4:2 I was out on an errand and encountered a man who walked in front of my car while it was in motion.