Advent & Torture

The news is disturbing. The claims are bewildering in their gruesome detail. We are now digesting the grim findings of the “torture report” cataloging the treatment of detainees in the wake of September 11th. We read of “rectal feeding” as a way to exert total control over a suspect, and we shudder. Waterboarding. Prolonged sleep deprivation. Threats of…

Beginning Lent

I didn’t grow up celebrating or practicing Lent.  At least not that I recall.  And yet it has become very precious to me.  I love the rhythm of the Christian seasons, including the preparatory posture of Lent. Living life in “sacred time” deepens the everyday experience of sipping coffee, stumbling into a refreshing conversation, and…

Hamming it up

The Super Bowl provided plenty of fodder for a blog post: the “controversial” Coke (and Cheerios?) advertisements and the meaning of America, the mania surrounding the Super Bowl blinding us from the sex-trade that runs amok in its shadow, Bart Millard (of Mercy Me) affirming Bruno Mars’ halftime show and receiving (un)surprising push back from…

The Speed of Love

It’s cold right now.  I woke this morning to a furnace struggling (unsuccessfully) to keep our house at the thermostat setting.  I heard radio reports of people in the Midwest creating banana-hammers by severing the fruit in half and leaving them outside to freeze into solid, durable, nail-pounding tools. It’s really cold. And while I’m not…

Bad Friday

Today is a special, sacred day.  During Holy Week this day is traditionally called “Good Friday”.  It’s a day when people of Christian faith recall, and for some relive, the torment and crucifixion of Jesus before the authorities of his day.  It’s a day when Christians find reason to celebrate in a story rife with…