Category Archives: Character

Forgiving Forward

Photo by Tim Hüfner on Unsplash “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” At first blush, it appears that Jesus is excusing his executioners—as in, “They are really not at fault because they don’t understand what they … Continue reading

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On Washing Trump’s Feet–Or Kissing Him

I rarely, rarely watch night time news shows.  I find them annoying and predictable.  Sometimes, though, predictable is what I want. The other night, I watched a steady stream of CNBC news shows. I tuned into three shows for a … Continue reading

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What Moral Leadership Looks Like

  The following is the transcript of my video contribution for the Convention on Founding Principles, held August 24 to 27, 2020.   *****   We’re not electing a pastor-in-chief. That was one of the main criticisms of my now … Continue reading

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Who Made Us God?

I failed to note this article in the National Catholic Reporter when it was first published.  Unfortunately, it is perennially timeless.  Some readers have been concerned I’ve been hard on the religious right and have gone easy on the left.  … Continue reading

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Why I Believe Mr. Trump’s Caustic Speech Is Not Mere Bad Manners

[I’m reposting this from a year ago because of its obvious relevance this week–mg] As I watched a recording of the Evangelicals for Trump rally on January 3 in Miami, I couldn’t help but admire one speaker who has worked … Continue reading

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