The Baptism of Our Lord

Two years into the illnesses that led to my mother’s death, she was hospitalized for ten days. Her legs had stopped functioning; she had lost the ability to speak coherently. We found she had...

Restoring Our Sight

Seeing ordinarily refers to eyesight, in a physiological sense. But in communication, in a general sense, “seeing” can be used in many metaphoric ways. We refer to the “mind’s eye,” for example, to refer...

Taking Sin Seriously

Calvin Coolidge was known as a man of few words. When he returned home from Sunday services one morning, his wife asked him what the preacher had talked about. “Sin,” he replied. “What did...

Creeds or Deeds

This week, we return to Mark’s Gospel. The title above summarizes the familiar story. Which would you prefer for a next-door neighbor: a person of excellent habits or a person with a good heart?...

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