On Not Always Paying Attention to All the News

Considering the difficulty of keeping up with the news, John Stott commends, in his book Between Two Worlds, his own practice: “for many years now I have found a thorough reading of a weekly much more profitable than the cursory scanning of a daily” (193). How times...

An “Indispensable” Part: Frances Whitehead

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the hand cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” – 1 Cor. 12:21-22 History...

Secrets

“Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I ever did.'” – John 4:39 Life is laden with secrets. From people on the outside, we keep our family secrets. From people who...

Powerful Name(s) – Notes on Matthew 1:18-25

When the angel Gabriel met Joseph, a sigh of relief wasn’t the meeting’s only outcome. Joseph had discovered not only the origin of his betrothed wife Mary’s baby, but also the significance of the One to come. The angel instructed Joseph to name the baby Jesus...

Merton on the Pharisee

This past Sunday we looked at the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector, Jesus’ story of two people who approached God in prayer with vastly different postures. The Pharisee was proud and self-exalting, the tax collector humble and self-effacing. Here...

We Are Not Alone: Reflections for All Saints’ Day

We are not alone. Those words are likely to summon up thoughts of stargazing, of E.T., and of episodes of Star Trek and The X-Files. And while SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) is apparently an ongoing pursuit, for now we can probably safely proceed...