How to Tragedy

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You hear a gay bar called a “soft target,” and you are forced to confront the inconceivability of hardening the soft targets where you live your life, like the mall you were planning to shop at this afternoon, or the café where you ate last night, which in hindsight could be the twin of the Tel Aviv café where terrorists killed four people a few days before.

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There Was A Reason


Once again, our nation is forced to struggle with the pain and confusion that follows an act of political violence, an act of terrorism. But I hope that an important facet of this attack does not go forgotten: Omar Mateen targeted the LGBT community, and he did so for a reason.

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“He is not here…”

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If Jesus did not rise from the dead, as the Scriptures tell us, then what became of his body?

Risen, a new movie released in time for Easter, views this question through the eyes of an unbeliever, a worldly and career-driven Roman military tribune named Clavius, superbly played by Joseph Fiennes. Continue reading “He is not here…”

Holy Manure

1.fig_tree_with_fruitNormally, one does not expect to hear scatological humor from the pulpit. But this past Sunday, parishioners at Houston’s Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church were treated to a rare example, courtesy of their rector, Fr. Neil Willard. But nobody was scandalized.

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Our Moment in Cuba?

Last month I had the privilege of joining a study tour to Cuba with former members of Congress — sponsored by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress (FMC). We met with government and Communist Party officials, members of the National Assembly and Foreign Ministry, artists, scholars, academics, economists, entrepreneurs, even cigar workers. Cubans feel genuine optimism that the recent normalization of relations with the United States may usher in a new era of cooperation. Continue reading Our Moment in Cuba?