Season’s Greetings

’Tis the season!  You can tell, because Black Friday has come and gone and now they’re advertising doorbuster sales for Christmas day.  Black Friday was the wonderful invention of some civic-minded committee determined to help burnt-out Americans celebrate their glorious day off by giving thanks for alarm clocks and lines that stretch around the block. …

The Radical Questions of Christ

So Jesus had a knack for asking questions that threw people a little off-balance.  Questions that provoke anger, exposing his enemies, questions that stick in a person's head and poke, like irritants introduced to an oyster.  Eventually, over time, maybe that irritant will produce a pearl. As many smart people have observed, Jesus asked way…

Let’s take a whack at sin.

This week, Matt Lauer was the most recent cultural icon to tumble at the revelation that he had offensively coerced women into sexual situations against their will.  Lauer, unlike some of the politicians, musicians, and comedians who’ve been accused of similar sins in recent days, was widely perceived as a good guy — upstanding, smart,…