Does Your Heart Break Now? Mourning George Floyd with Two Songs and a Conversation

Along with the rest of the country, I watched the recording of the death of George Floyd. I heard him gasp "I can't breathe." In the aftermath, as police clashed with protestors and pundits politicized, many of us, watching in helplessness, turned to prayer and mourning. For George Floyd and his family. For the tragic … Continue reading Does Your Heart Break Now? Mourning George Floyd with Two Songs and a Conversation

Add a Splash of Sobriety to Your Christmas Playlist with These Six Songs

One of the songs that rocked my world, changed my thinking and opened my heart is Jackson Browne's "The Rebel Jesus." But the first thing it did was upset me. Decades ago, driving in the dark with the radio on, I was drawn in by the tune's driving rhythm and lilting violin. I delighted in … Continue reading Add a Splash of Sobriety to Your Christmas Playlist with These Six Songs

Making Peace with the War on Christmas

It's not that I've never wielded a weapon in the culture war.  I have.  The stakes are high in our divisive times, critical issues constantly confront us and each of us must join the conversation when the moment calls for it.  Yet I'm tiring of the way so many of us are going about it. … Continue reading Making Peace with the War on Christmas

“Brother”: A Song for Holy Thursday’s New Commandment

This evening marks a beautiful night:  the night Christ gave us a new commandment: that we love one another. The night he stripped off his outer garment, knelt and washed his friends' feet, telling them they must do likewise, serving one another.  The night he took bread and wine and said, "This is my body, … Continue reading “Brother”: A Song for Holy Thursday’s New Commandment

The Flight into Egypt: Run, Mary, Run

"Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him."  The words of the angel in Joseph's dream tip off the family entrusted with God's son that they must flee Bethlehem.  They must protect the child by running for their lives. It is fitting to consider the cost of opposition to the kings of … Continue reading The Flight into Egypt: Run, Mary, Run