Wedding Guests in Jumpsuits

“Wedding Guests in Jumpsuits” by Chris Hoke in The Christian Century of 1/21/15 who led a Bible study group in a prison. From the group: in the wedding banquet parable, the man without a wedding garment did not want to look like one of the street people who had put on the wedding garments. See […]

What Debate On Inequality Is Missing

“What Debate On Inequality Is Missing” by Eduardo Potter in the NY Times of 5/6/15.  How tax policies, subsidies, legal protections and other mechanisms can aid wealth accumulation and overlook the rest.  A similar biblical theme: “The laborer deserves his wages” (1 Timothy 5:18).  http://nyti.ms/1KLAMLS

When Demons Are Real

“When Demons Are Real” –” To be in Africa is to encounter a God different from that of a charismatic church in the United States. People say that the boundary between the supernatural and the natural is thinner there. ”  https://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/29/opinion/sunday/when-demons-are-real.html

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?

“Who will Stand Up for the Christian?”  By Ronald S. Lauder in the NY Times of 9/19/14; why has persecution of Christians not attracted the attention of the Media?  http://nyti.ms/1oY0oro

Who’s Speaking Up for the American Worker?

“Who’s Speaking Up for the American Worker?” by Beth Macy in the New York Times, (6/25/15).  “A WOMAN came up to the book-signing table at an event at my local library Monday night.  She did not have a copy of the newly released paperback of “Factory Man,” my book about what happened when 300,000 American furniture-making jobs […]

Why Blue States Are the Real ‘Tea Party’

“Why Blue States Are the Real ‘Tea Party’” by Steven Johnson from the Sunday Review of the NYT (10/4/16).  “A voter in rural Wyoming has more than three times the power of a voter in New Jersey.”  The Electoral College is unfair in today’s USA.  A related biblical theme:  “For God does not show favoritism” […]

Why Should We Care About Animals Amidst So Much Human Suffering?

Spiritual Health–“Why Should We Care About Animals Amidst So Much Human Suffering?” by Charles Camosy in the Sojouners, (July 2016).  “AT THE HEIGHT of the culture wars in the 1980s, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago gave a lecture at Fordham University on something he called “the consistent ethic of life.” Fortunately for those of us […]

Working-Class Blues (and Grays)

  “Working-Class Blues (and Grays)” by Sherry Lee Likon in Sojouners (July 2016).  Frustration and resentment can draw working-class people in multiple directions – including activism.  Faith-based people can help channel this activism to make various parts of life more just; we need to be part of the answer.  A related biblical theme: “But he […]

World Without Nuclear Weapons, A

Some facts about nuclear weapons and their source.

Your Waitress, Your Professor

“Your Waitress, Your Professor” by Brittany Bronson, an English instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the NY Times of 12/18/14. Advance degrees and licenses can require “working-class” jobs to make ends meet. A similar biblical theme: “. . . the laborer deserves to be paid” (Luke 10:7). http://nyti.ms/1za4304