Core Values

Do We Really Love “Them?”

I saw a heartening article in USA Today on Christmas Eve.  Jews and Muslims in the Detroit area were joining together to do charity work on Christmas Day to help compensate the lack of Christians who would be off celebrating their holiday instead of working in soup kitchens and food […]

Where Jesus Goes After Christmas

Driving past a church this morning, I noted that the Nativity scene was already down (sorry Wise Men — snooze, ya’ lose.  Wouldn’t want to honor Epiphany by accident or on purpose…) and Mary and Joseph were laying face down in the snow and the baby Jesus was buried under […]

Belief Is Choice

I surf a lot of sites and listen in on a lot of discussion threads about what people choose and choose not to believe.  What is interesting is that both sides deny they are making a choice about what to believe.  Dogmatism swings both ways, and many loud voices on […]

Claus-trophobia

I noted with some fascination the annual terrorizing of little children by a loud, aggressive man in a red and white suit.  (yes, I mean Santa Claus)  This wonderful, jolly, happy icon of Christmas is supposedly the sweetest mythical human being on the face of the planet, yet many children are […]

Goats of Christmas Yet To Come

Every once in a while, I blog about something I consider a “no-brainer,” something so obvious (at least to me…) that I cannot fathom anyone disagreeing.  But I am always wrong — there’s no such thing as a sure thing.  Case in point: caring for the poor.  The idea that […]

Christmas Bonus

I read the article yesterday about two homeless Hungarian men who stand to inherit $6.6 billion dollars from their grandmother — of course they have to split it with a sister, but what’s a couple billion between family?  Beyond it being one of those “made-for-holiday-TV” type fairy stories, it simply […]

Extreme Thanksgiving

I often marvel at the apparent idiocy of extreme sports.  Normal, somewhat sensible sports like skiing or skateboarding or diving are transformed into death-defying high risk endeavors by people who seek thrills and the challenge to do the impossible.  Athletes and lunatics attempt to make difficult sports even harder, and […]

The Neverending Story

I had an odd experience yesterday.  I stopped off for lunch on my way to Milwaukee at a Taco Bell for a “nourishing” meal, and was waited on by a young African-American woman.  While I ate my lunch, the woman floated through the dining area handing out information so that […]

Dumbfounded

There are times that I am stunned to silence (not many, granted, but a few…) by my own denomination.  I wonder what it is that we believe and what our witness to the world really is.  The latest brick in the wall of incredulity came when I saw that William […]