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Even Proximate Justice Is Hard to Find

Proximate justice, one more time. I walked into a familiar classroom this morning, one where I spent many hours over many years. And as I prepared to begin, I saw an essay I had written some years ago, “Making Peace … more »

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Ruth In, Syrians Out

In and through the sheltering and kind presence of God, Ruth is given the grace to devote herself fully to work.  The scripture says, “So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except a short rest.” … more »

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We the People… One More Time

“It always makes sense to tell the truth”– Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011. Hard as that is for each of us, it is only compounded when all of us lie. The personal is one thing, and it matters very much; the political … more »

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The Culture is Upstream from Politics, Again

When I was a boy, my grandfather and I spent summers buying cattle throughout Colorado. Mostly of course, he was the buyer, but there were moments when, with a certain twinkle in his eye, he would let me be the … more »

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Culture is Upstream from Politics: 50 Responses

When I was a boy, my grandfather and I spent summers buying cattle throughout Colorado. Mostly of course, he was the buyer, but there were moments when, with a certain twinkle in his eye, he would let me be the … more »

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The Culture is Upstream from Politics

The culture is upstream from politics, always and everywhere. A few days ago I made that argument at the University of North Carolina, giving the Wilberforce Lecture. While each week my work matters, and each time I speak I feel … more »

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Missio on Gen. 13: Compromise & Separation

In Genesis 13, I am struck by the nature of conflict and separation.  There is conflict in the land, which itself cannot support both Abram and Lot.  There is strife, then, amongst their herdsmen.  But Abram sees that he and … more »

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Missio on Calling (1 Corinthians 7:17-24): The Art of Compromise

I have often found myself striving – striving to be more, to do better, to live a more upright and righteous life. In the past, this striving has led to feelings of inadequacy that have proven destructive to myself and … more »

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Missio on Ecclesiastes: Maybe I Shouldn’t Turn the TV Off

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the … more »

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We Have Met the Enemy, and He is Us

“We have met the enemy, and he is us.” The almost immortal words of Pogo, whose cartoonish take on the world captured the spirit of the age in the middle years of the 20th-century. Trying as we are to make … more »

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