The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. (Psalm 19:1-4) […]

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) In four days, President Obama will leave office. Whether this creates joy or sadness in you, he will be remembered as our first Black President and as a two-term President of unquestionable integrity, honesty and […]

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19) My friend, please read with open eyes, I write not to antagonize But ask to open up your mind And heart to views you may not find mid-criticize.   Do not […]

There is an old folk parable that bears repeating. In hell, a perpetual banquet was held in order to provide for the residents there. Each person was given a spoon that was two feet long. Unfortunately, the inhabitants languished in hunger because they could not feed themselves. In heaven, a great, eternal banquet was also […]

The Invitation of John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” John 14:6 Christians often use Jesus’ appeal to us as an exclusionary statement. But taken in context, the statement is far from the way it is generally […]

Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is […]

As I awaken to the rain, I feel the chill of the air outside. I always leave a window open in my bedroom in order to breathe fresh air overnight. The combination of drizzle and fog creates a heavy haze which hangs over the morning and my heart. I know I shouldn’t, but I listen […]

When I seek out things you do wrong And point my finger at your face I don’t invite you to belong Or welcome you with God’s embrace; you miss His song.   God sings of love and forgiveness, He leads us to a restful place And wants to take away our stress. He fills us […]

“The Gospel demands a great deal of us. It calls us to a perennially unpopular and unselfish path. Little wonder Jesus said, ‘The world’s going to hate you’ (John 15:18-19). When you can no longer play the game of judging, labeling, and punishing others, you will quickly become the outsider.” Fr. Richard Rohr Jesus was […]

Originally posted on Pete Gardner's Blog:
This post is being written as part of the Bridges group, seeking to close the divide that is creeping into our society.? I want to thank Susan Irene Fox and Lilka Raphael for their work on this project and for inviting me to be a part.? For more…