Am I too old for outrage? Too inured to indecency? I was born during the Cold War, too young for Vietnam but old enough to remember the day we heard that our quarterback cousin from the hills of Pennsylvania had stepped on a mine in faraway Vietnam. We collapsed numb onto the green, nubby couch […]
Phyllis Tickle died in her sleep this week, after four months of living with cancer. Phyllis is known to the publishing world as a powerhouse. She spearheaded the religion section of Publishers Weekly, taught at Furman University and Rhodes College, served as dean of the humanities at The Memphis College of Art, was the poet […]
Monday through Wednesday find me buried in classes and teaching, so I didn’t receive word of Phyllis Tickle’s death until this afternoon. I did not know Phyllis personally—face to face—but, as many no doubt will tell you, I felt like I knew her personally. So I do what many of the authors Phyllis Tickle championed […]
What then characterizes a Spirit-filled church? Not the swaying or swagger of people in motion. Not the pouring out of emotion. Certainly not leaders engaged in self-promotion. Not even people headed in the right direction. What characterizes a Spirit-filled church is a penchant for demotion. Why? Because the Spirit inspires the content of a cruciform […]
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Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians doesn’t contain, then, what we hope it promises: a durable, balanced presentation of the Holy Spirit. When we close the book on the letter, we see that Paul may have stanched the bleeding—the peaceable tenor of 2 Corinthians tells us that Paul’s letter may have done the trick, plus […]
“Religion ought to be about making us better as people and less about things that end up getting into the political realm.” Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said this in response to Pope Francis’ statement on climate change. In other words, the Pope should stick to religion and not meddle in politics. Ne’er the twain shall […]
Why solve with community effort what could otherwise be resolved by a gunshot to the head, right? Source: Spiritchatter