in our poverty

Heads or Tails?

Clichés, almost by definition, are oversimplifications: “There are two sides to every coin,” or “There’s good and bad in everything.” But, for the purposes of this post, I will make use of such an oversimplification. This week I was reading a news article about creativity and...

Merton Monday 26

Here are some observations from Thomas, which I borrow in the moment to comment on the upcoming election, with no more nor less cynicism directed at either candidate: A revolution is supposed to be a change that turns everything completely around. But the ideology of political...

Slight of Hand

I caught most of the Biden/Palin debate. Or, if you prefer, Palin/Biden debate. The most useful thing for me in the debate was that it touched on one of my favorite examples of politics in action. When asked about rights for homosexuals, Biden of course was...

Avoiding Extremes

I’ve been working on this one a while. Finally got it dusted off… While I believe in absolute truth, I don’t believe it’s easily ascertainable. One of the most difficult and frustrating aspects of religion is that sometimes things are viewed as absolute truth when they...

Pulling the Curtain and Throwing a Lever

I don’t know. It’s a catchy title, but does anybody actually still have the voting booths with the levers, cables, buttons and lights? Where I live we now simply color little circles with a felt-tip pen, and feed the paper into a scanner. I kind of...

The Lord Our God is One God

The Lord Our God is One God

I have no idea where I was, nor what I was reading, but two or three weeks ago I ran across a Christian’s claim that “the Muslim God is not the God of the Christian.” Hmmm. Well, this statement could have just as easily been made...

Merton Monday 25

Go, Thomas! Go! The biggest paradox about the Church is that she is at the same time essentially traditional and essentially revolutionary. But that is not as much of a paradox as it seems, because Christian tradition, unlike all others, is a living and perpetual revolution....

When Metaphors go Bad

A long while back I received these in email. Less of a while back, I received them in email again. You can find them all over the web by searching for “worst metaphors.” Some of them made me smile big enough that I decided to include...