ON NOT BELIEVING

Miracles cluster around us this week, with the calendar bringing both Easter stories of resurrection and Passover stories of liberation, all while the miracle of spring’s return shows up in the first buds and flowers.  For all our emphasis on a scientific worldview...

EARLY BLOOMERS

As a result of several mild days with more sunlight, I noticed the first evidences of blooming in my neighborhood.  Then, as is usually the case at this point in the calendar, more winter weather came.  Now I am worrying about those early bloomers, whether they will...

SPIRITUAL GEOGRAPHY

As a way of coping with the frequent relocations required by my career in ministry, I learned early on to be largely inattentive to place.  No sense in getting attached to a particular home or a particular neighborhood, I figured, since I would not be there for long. ...

THE SLOW PACE OF WINTER

The area in which I live had its first snowstorm and serious cold of the season during the last few days.  As happens every year with winter, I watched myself and my neighbors learn, again, the different functioning that winter requires:  extra layers of clothing,...

OPENING THE DOOR

A favorite story that shows up in Christmas sermons and candlelight services each year recounts the presentation of a Christmas pageant in which a developmentally challenged young man plays the role of the innkeeper who turns away Mary and Joseph when they are seeking...