Category Archives: Current Events

Race, Law, Media, and the Stranger

Here are reflections on race, law, media, and the stranger, in the wake of the Zimmerman verdict: Race. Terence said, “I am a human being. Nothing human is alien to me.” Since I know what it is to be human, … Continue reading

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Rainbow Christian

In the Fourth of July parade, I sat on a bale of straw at the back of the PFLAG float. (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) The parade route took us along Maumee Street up to Monument Park. … Continue reading

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Peripheral and Perennial

Two pastors respond to the DOMA decision. Greg Burdine at Faith Baptist Church here in Adrian affirms a belief in ‘absolute truth’ of the Bible. This past week the United States Supreme Court made some significant rulings concerning homosexuality and … Continue reading

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Rainbows

Last night we worked on a big sign for the PFLAG float that will be in the Fourth of July parade next week. It will have rainbows on it. Rachel Held Evans had a good post on her journey as … Continue reading

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Fatherhood Is a Social Justice Issue

Alexandra Kuykendall on supporting fatherhood: While single mothers may have enough grit, love, and know-how to raise us, the absence of Dad will still have its effect. Study after study shows that children with absent fathers are more likely to … Continue reading

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In Someone Else’s Shoes

I walked early this morning in a light rain on the walking track at Lenawee Christian School. And later I read a powerful article by Rachel Held Evans, responding to the Southern Baptist Convention condemning the Boy Scouts for admitting … Continue reading

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About Rob Portman

I have had time to digest Rob Portman’s announcement last week that he supports same sex marriage. He is a conservative Republican senator from Ohio. He and his wife Jane have a son Will who came out as gay two … Continue reading

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Fierce Generosity

On B16 stepping down: The pope’s decision to step aside to make way for a new and almost surely younger pope was seen Monday as another manifestation of his fierce generosity and goodwill. “As a Christian and as a Catholic, … Continue reading

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A Culture Informed By Kingdom Values

Edward Gilbreath reflecting on MLK’s legacy: Today, as in King’s era, we are experts at depersonalizing our ideological opponents, viewing them more as oppositional labels than neighbors whom we are commanded to love. In our contemporary clash of values, perhaps … Continue reading

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A Good and Necessary Question

I came across this marker while walking in the St Joseph Catholic Cemetery, one of four cemeteries clustered along Oakwood Road. I seldom talk about this, but I agree with the convictions written here. I do not condone all their … Continue reading

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A Shadow Side of Freedom

Silence is a good response to the mass shooting in Connecticut. Silence and contrition. But writing about it can be useful too. I have been writing. I have also been reading responses to the shooting and the renewed urge people … Continue reading

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Silence

Amid the commentary on the Connecticut shooting yesterday, I found someone who has said exactly what I have been thinking and feeling about it: Silence may well be a better response to grief and tragedy in this noisy world than … Continue reading

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Middlesex

I drove to Toledo Hospital this afternoon to visit a parishioner. I went straight down M-52 and came in on Central Avenue. Nearing the hospital, I caught a street name in my peripheral eye: Middlesex Drive. What a curious word, … Continue reading

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Evanescing Things

Ann Althouse finally ended her landline: I finally did it, ended non-mobile phone service. I’d been thinking about doing it for quite a while, because we make all our calls and talk to everyone we care about from our cell … Continue reading

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Precinct 1

Voting took 20 minutes this afternoon. Everyone in the city votes at the fairgrounds. We are Precinct 1.

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Five Reasons Not to Vote

In what is becoming a ritual for me, before a national election I pull Electing Not to Vote from the shelf and read one of the essays. This year the essay is by John Roth, a Mennonite history professor, who … Continue reading

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Death Is a Small Thing

I was out visiting today amid lovely fall colors. One of my stops was with a woman in an assisted living facility in Tecumseh. She enjoys the colors too. She has memory loss. She doesn’t know how many children she … Continue reading

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Two Links

Robert Samuelson writes about reasons for a slow economic recovery: To these daunting uncertainties must be added at least one other that, though less recognized, is perhaps more powerful. It is an intellectual breakdown. There is a loss of faith … Continue reading

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The Problem With Justice

I’m enjoying a stay-at-home vacation this week.  Activities have included house cleaning, lawn care, and a 12-mile bike ride. For reading, I’m finishing Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.  A key theme in the novel is the conflict between love and social convention, … Continue reading

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Pro-Life and Pro-Gay

Religion writer David Van Biema on how Psalm 139 is used by both pro-life groups who oppose abortion and pro-gay groups who want to support gays and lesbians: For decades, Psalm 139 has been a byword of the anti-abortion movement, … Continue reading

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