New Years
Posted on December 26, 2016

Over omelets at Sarabeth’s recently, my friend Rabbi Joe Potasnik and I discussed the world at the close of 2016... and our dreams for 2017. We spoke of light and pleasant topics: family, food, and doo wop music. But, obviously, we also spoke of additional things: of Religion and our shared Judeo-Christian history, of politics (both global and national), of the similar issues facing houses of Faith (synagogues and churches), and of the changing nature of the world in which we live.

December Decency
Posted on December 19, 2016

As daily we inch closer and closer to Christmas, I find myself reflecting on what a deep and decent season of the year this is. We all know the deep part – the invasion of human history by the Divine, the coming of God in the form of a Child: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” We know the deep part.

Love Your Enemies
Posted on December 12, 2016

I thank Tom Felten, editor of Our Daily Journey, for bringing this intriguing story to our attention.

When 19-year-old Brady was making his final pizza delivery of the night, three young men interrupted him at gunpoint. They robbed him and then pistol-whipped him. Brady suffered a head wound that required seventy stitches. It also had other ramifications, including three long and difficult years of physical therapy for post-concussion syndrome and losing his chance for a basketball scholarship that would have paid his way through college.

Advent
Posted on December 5, 2016

We have entered the season of Advent, a time when we contemplate the coming of Christ into the world of human affairs. And why did He say he came to us? “I have come that you might have life, and have it in its fullness.”