More than Self-Esteem

Parents want their children to be happy.  That’s why there is so much emphasis on self-esteem in child-rearing literature.  Experts (and charlatans) advise us to affirm our children relentlessly. But this emphasis on self-esteem misses the deeper point and the ultimate path to an abiding joy and peace. We all need affirmation.  There is nothing…

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Love and Marriage

The Marriage Equality Bill became law in New York just a few days ago.   Same-sex couples will now exchange vows in both civil and religious ceremonies.  Their relationships receive the same recognition—at least by the state (and by some religious traditions)—that heterosexual couples have always received. Predictably, some celebrate this as moral progress in…

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Child Sacrifice

Sometimes you just have to wonder what God was thinking.  For reasons of his own he decided to hand helpless infants over to parents.   The parental mission: to teach these infants what it means to be a human being.  To show them what life is most fundamentally about.  To model how to live a…

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The Lion, the Lamb and the War to End All Wars

This is the final post in the series on Good and Evil “The war to end all wars” became a popular catchphrase to describe World War I.  Woodrow Wilson did not coin the phrase, but he did use it in his war speech to congress in 1917. In Wilson’s view, America would not be entering…

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Deliver Us from Evil

This is the third post in a series on Good and Evil. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.   Following his teaching and example, Christians seek to settle conflict in non-violent ways as a matter of principle.  Non-violence is our first choice and we pursue it well beyond the point at which others might…

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