Becoming an Ex-Suicide

  The Marines have a saying, “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” We all love the soaring poetry of the Prayer of St. Francis, but have we even noticed that it ends with that jagged truth, “it is in dying that we are born to eternal life”? A cross lies…

Forty Years. One Rule.

Marriage tips spiritual

At dinner on Sunday night, the fortieth anniversary of our wedding, my son-in-law said, “I want some tips on 40.” Pam and I looked at each other, wondering where to start. We offered a few impromptu reflections and shared some of our funniest and most joyful moments. Driving home later than night, Andy’s question still…

Why Christians Must Speak Out Against Racism

On Tuesday Starbucks had to shut down its whole operation, sit down with its 175,000 employees and try to tell them that it’s not ok to call the police when two black men are standing in your store and not ordering anything because they’re waiting for a business meeting. That would have been a good…

ErrBnb

It was such lovely long drive up the Niagara river—we took the slow scenic route after crossing the Canadian border—so that by the time we arrived in the picturesque village of Niagara-on-the-Lake we were eager to find the darling little cottage we’d be staying in for the week. We turned on Victoria Street, pulled into…

Big Worries? Chunk Down.

artificial intelligence spirituality

Everybody’s worried about A.I., Artificial Intelligence. Computers are already beating us at picking stocks and diagnosing cancer. There are already speech programs that can detect sarcasm, and algorithms are writing music, painting canvasses and telling jokes. We’re all worried that the “Robocalypse” will steal more than 800 million jobs in the next decade. But the…