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

Wrestling with Truth and Ideology

National Public Radio is doing a series they’ve titled “First and Main” visiting swing counties in swing states often near an intersection of First and Main Streets. Earlier this week on Morning Edition they were in Hillsborough County, Florida, an…
August 9, 2012

Jesus is a Moonwalking Bear

Jes is away today, and her husband Jim is pinch-hitting. Jim Kast-Keat is a divergent thinker, ideation specialist, and aspiring minimalist. He is, among other things, a writer, speaker, theologian, photographer, and all around good guy. (Also, he always wears a shirt and…
August 8, 2012


Today I was going to blog about Chick-fil-A but since I am really tired of this story—and since most everything good and inane has already been written about it—I decided instead to write about my friend Josh. Nearly a decade…
August 7, 2012

Fun Facts

“When you’re through learning, you’re through,” the old adage goes, and here’s what I’ve learned in the two weeks since last I blogged here. I have learned that archery is the national sport of Bhutan and team handball is the…
August 6, 2012

Politics: Where’s the Outrage?

A few weeks  back I was part of a friendly argument while partaking of some good food and cold beer. The argument was political - which around here means the argument was religious. Living in smack dab in the middle…
August 4, 2012

Culture and Capital

Maybe it’s too easy to pile on the Mitt Romney global gaff-fest, but one of his remarks is too close to the core of Reformed political concern to pass by. I mean his declaration—at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Israel—about the…
August 3, 2012

Forgiveness as a Practice of Prayer

Rev. Karin A. Craven is filling in for Theresa. She is an ordained Presbyterian minister and a second year PhD student in the pastoral care and practical theology program at Luther Seminary. Earlier this week I experienced the exhaustion of…
August 2, 2012

Unity, Liberty, Charity

Today was one of those incredibly busy days. You know, the kind where you fly out the door early in the morning, already late.  The kind with back-to-back meetings and a million things on the to-do list.  The kind where…
August 1, 2012