Craft of Preaching

Equatorial Creation Care

I spent a week last month in Kisumu, Kenya, seven miles south of the equator on Lake Victoria, preaching and teaching about creation care for the Africa

Fertility under Threat

Fertility of both soil and womb concerned many biblical writers in an era of threat by drought and disease, as seen this month especially in the stories

Pope Francis on Humans, Nature, and Power

Pope Francis’s much anticipated encyclical entitled “Praised Be: On the Care of Our Common Home” was released on June 18. In it, he calls

"Left Behind" Is Left Behind

The rapture is declining, according to Wheaton College’s Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. The nineteenth-century notion that Christians

A Walk on the Wildflower Side

Last weekend I drove with some friends to the Red River Gorge of eastern Kentucky for a wildflower walk organized by Father John Rausch, a Glenmary priest

Easter Green

In 1970, in the midst of the Vietnam War, when V-8 engines ruled, gas mileage was low, industrial pollution hovered over most American cities, the first

Stories and Norm

For the first million years of human existence climate change was no threat, not because our ancestors knew more than we do now, but because, unaware of

Take the Challenge!

I recently heard a preacher commenting on...

“...the way we sometimes loathe ourselves and behave self-destructively. The way we hurt and wound one

Don't Forget Who You Are

At my first synod assembly as an intern, still quite naive to the hopes and difficulties of ministry, we gathered in the bleachers as pastors were honored