Essay

Progress?

In the grand scheme of things the year 1880 was not really all that long ago.   In my lifetime I’ve been privileged to know three of my great-grandparents, and each of them had been born within only a few years…
August 21, 2012
Essay

The Difference This Time is Ryan, not Religion

With the recent announcement of Rep. Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee, the major party slates are set and the choice before us has been defined as sharply as any in recent electoral memory.  Some Christian voters – especially…
August 20, 2012
Essay

The Morality of Meth and a Foot Massage

Imagine you if you had a violent drug dealer chained to a pole in your basement - the result of circumstances that got out of control.  You have two choices: let the guy go after he promises not to take…
August 17, 2012
Essay

Numbering Days

August is the sweltering month. At least that’s how I used to remember it. Maybe because my family, when I was a boy, would take its week’s vacation in August, and since the purpose of vacation was to escape the…
August 17, 2012
Essay

Enough

Recipes seem to be a theme here at The Twelve of late (check out Debra Rienstra’s post, “Here’s What’s Cookin’” from last week). Since today is Julia Child’s 100th birthday, I had been planning on looking at a recipe myself…
August 15, 2012
Essay

Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston

I am missing many things about my life in Boston, but the church I attended, Fourth Presbyterian, is one of the highest on the list. Adjectives fail me; it’s just such a great place and great community. It’s in the…
August 13, 2012
Essay

Here’s What’s Cookin’

A couple weeks ago, Jessica Bratt wrote about “curating” her stuff in the process of moving across the country. Her post had particular emotional resonance for me, as I have recently become the reluctant chief curator of an entire houseful…
August 11, 2012
Essay

Mansions of glory

The shot is not sharp, but you get the picture.  That's the ocean out there in the background, and the foreground is Laguna Beach.  The house belongs to Robert A. Schuller, son of Robert H. Schuller, the televangelist of Crystal…
August 10, 2012