The Via Dolorosa

Luke 23:27–31 describes a part of Jesus’ journey on what has been called the Via Dolorosa: “And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. [28] But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and…

Father of many nations; Abraham and God

The great Old Testament patriarch Abraham is known as the father of many nations. This is what his name literally means. But Abraham did not start out that way. He started out as Abram, which means exalted father. He lived in the land of Ur of the Chaldeans. There was nothing special about him. But…

The Research Project, Week Twenty Seven, Nebraska

After eight weeks of states whose names begin with the letter “M” we are moving on to the N’s as in Nebraska. This week we head to Creighton University, a Jesuit school in Omaha, where they are developing a promising new way to help those suffering from PTSD, also known as shell shock or battle fatigue syndrome. The…

Diversity in the Body of Christ

This past week was the district convention of the Minnesota South District of the church body to which I belong. Compared to the rest of the country, Minnesota is not thought of as a very diverse place but over the course of 24 hours at the convention I experienced a pretty impressive range of diversity.…