The Super Bowl is coming up in one week. One of my earliest sports memories is Joe Montana throwing the winning touchdown to John Taylor to lead the 49ers to victory over the Bengals. I fondly remember many other Super Bowls. Last year I enjoyed watching the Packers defeat the Steelers, as anytime the Steelers lose it … Continue reading I Used to Watch Sports – A Confession
“All shall be well. All shall be well. All manner of things shall be well” Julian of Norwich was born around 1342. Very little is known of her life. Apparently she became gravely ill at age thirty and expected to die. Seven days later the illness passed and she experienced sixteen visions, or revelations. These … Continue reading Listening to the Saints – Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well”
How you vote in the presidential election does not really matter. I am quite disillusioned with politics. Too many powerful religious people think it is their job to pledge support to a presidential candidate. I wonder how Jesus feels when his people are reduced to a voting bloc? Recently a large group of evangelical Christians … Continue reading Just Laws to Protect Trafficking Victims: What the Church Can Do
One of the things that makes me most happy is when my students read a book I suggested. Upon returning from break a student told me he had finished The Hunger Games (okay, not necessarily the most spiritual books for a campus pastor to suggest). This same student was reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, the … Continue reading Classics, Kindles and Tolstoy in 2012!
CSF tries to find ways to practically serve the campus on a regular basis. Finding things to do is not as easy as one might think. I think there are a few reasons for this: 1. Campus runs like a well-oiled machine - it is not like there are huge fields of uncut grass or … Continue reading On Campus At PSU Berks – Picking Up Trash for Jesus (Again)
Recently President Obama declared January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. It is great that this issue is being taken seriously by those in the halls of power. Here is the beginning of what Obama said in his speech (and you can read the whole thing at the link): Nearly a century … Continue reading Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Stories like this one are the reason I am not a pacifist: Was This Teen Mom Wrong to Kill Intruder? A young Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby on New Year's Eve, less than a week after the baby's father died of cancer. Sarah McKinley says that a week … Continue reading Why I am not Quite a Pacifist