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Split Screen in the Middle East – Finance and Fashion meet Fire and Fury

While the wealthy treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and fashion icon and daughter of the President, Ivanka Trump, were celebrating the new US embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli troops were gunning down Palestinian protestors on the Gaza border.  This is a split screen that will fuel the fires of conflict in the Middle East for years to come. Tragic!


Christianity for Grown Ups

Adult Christianity “When I was a child, I thought like a child … but as an adult, I put away childish things.” The Apostle Paul. But what would an adult, mature Christianity look like today?


The 400 Pound Hacker from Jersey; Strange but True

The press and large segments of the public are curious about the “400 pound man sitting on his bed in Jersey,” whom our president-elect keeps mentioning as the possible hacker who tipped the scales in the 2016 Presidential election against Clinton and in favor of Trump. Wonder no more. I refer to him as “Uncle […]


Abraham Lincoln’s God

Abraham Lincoln’s God During a presidential election year, when politicians tend to invoke the name of God for partisan purposes, or “explain” various tragedies by blaming both God and the victims, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address offers a refreshing alternative.


The New Tan Man

We are already missing, John Boehner, who resigned from Congress last fall,  after a distinguished career. Whatever readers my think about his record in Congress, everyone marveled at his perpetual tan. So much so that people often referred to him as the Tan Man.  How did a guy from Ohio, who spent most of his career in Washington, DC, maintain a […]


The Future of Progressive Christianity

The Future of Progressive Christianity Gary Dorrien is the Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is not only one of the leading experts on liberal Christianity, he is one of progressive Christianity’s most articulate voices. In a highly informative discussion of liberal theology, he traces its history, […]


Why I support J-Street

J Street is a home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who support  vigorous U.S. leadership to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to broaden debate around Israel and the Middle East in national politics and the American Jewish community. As a Christian who is pro-Israel, pro-Palestine, and pro-peace, I believe a crucial role needs to […]


Is God a Republican?

Is God a Republican …. or a Democrat? In the US, the name of God is routinely invoked, even in the most partisan contexts, including political rallies at the local level and the national conventions of both parties. The intent seems to be that God will look with favor upon the cause of a particular […]


The Walls of Jerusalem

The Walls of Jerusalem One obvious characteristic of the city of Jerusalem are its walls … both ancient and modern. Although built of stone, the walls of the Holy City speak eloquently of its past, its present, and its clouded future. A photo essay.


Is God a Republican?

Or a Democrat?  If you think the question is absurd, hard-to-answer, obvious or irrelevant, think again.  Read more.