What was he thinking?

I’ve always enjoyed spending time in Philadelphia, and one of the highlights was a trip to the Rodin Museum. On display there is the bronze statue, “The Thinker,” by Sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). (For now, the museum is closed, but you can see and read about the statue here: https://www.britannica.com/topic/The-Thinker-sculpture-by-Rodin.) Read more…



Older: Some Spiritual Advantages

We’ve talked about aging well and some of the things we learn (if we’re wise) just by being alive so long. But there is another dimension to all of this, and that is the life of faith. Read more…



Older: Some Genuine Advantages

As you get older you begin receiving a plethora of offers and discount opportunities that serve to remind you of how old you are. In Philly, you can ride SEPTA buses and trolleys for free. In some states, you can hunt and fish for free. Senior discounts abound. Read more…



Older: Much Better Than Expected

My dad did a lot of things really well, but growing old was not one of them. Quite literally, up to the day he died, he was bemoaning his age and its comparative disadvantages. Read more…



God’s Renewable Resource

Hopeless. Despairing. Depressed. Despondent.

That covers the waterfront of Jeremiah’s emotions as he took in the aftermath of the fall of Jerusalem. It was all gone. The king deported, his sons executed. The city’s leadership slaughtered. Read more…



When Chaos is a Political Strategy

On one of my early trips to the former Soviet Union country of Moldova, I inquired of the driver/translator about the recent parliamentary elections. I had read that it was a close, hotly contested political battle in which conservatives won a narrow victory over the communist opposition. Read more…



God vs. Globalism

One of the Bible’s most familiar stories is the confusion of the languages at the Tower of Babel. You can read all about it in Genesis 11:1-8. This tiny narrative is sandwiched between the Flood and the calling of Abraham, and its presence haunts us with two questions. Read more…



Relationships Without Regrets

Life limits what we can do. The weather, health, and circumstances build walls which restrict our movement. But it’s not the same with words. We can access them anytime, in person, print, online, or phone. Read more…



No Little People, No Minor Tasks

We are so used to judging things by the world’s standards that it is nearly impossible to process Jesus’ saying, “Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first” (Matthew 19:30). Read more…



Good-bye, San Francisco.

An old easy-listening standard was “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” and it was easy to identify with that sentiment. I had occasion to visit The City by the Bay three times over the course of twenty years, and always was captivated by its charm. Read more…