(RNS) We have these yearnings. Not for an all-white Christmas, surely, but for a Christmas season that touches heart and soul, not just wallet.
Author Archives: Tom Ehrich
(RNS) I’d say the moment is ripe for new life being born in stables and forced to flee the powerful and greedy.
(RNS) The outside focus group changed the air. By simply describing the realities with which they deal every day, they put Sunday morning fussing into perspective. A world broken at its very core demands better of its churches.
(RNS) Church-as-Sunday-morning isn’t working; it probably never worked as much as we wanted. It certainly isn’t what Jesus envisioned. Christians were to share a common life and pray “unceasingly,” not gather occasionally for worship in a large, walled-off space.
(RNS) Faith is about our assemblies, not the place of our assembling. It is about touches we share, words we exchange, sighs too deep for words, questions beyond answering, yearnings that draw us outside ourselves.
(RNS) Self-centeredness is nothing new, of course. But for a time, ideals of community and shared sacrifice seemed to hold self-centeredness in check. Many of us think our nation is still playing by ethical rules that restrained an essential selfishness. Not so.
(RNS) No one will accept accountability, for we live in age when the “buck” never stops on one’s own desk, if it stops at all.
(RNS) Today’s Tea Party partisans, as odious as I find their views, are just another minority trying to get their way in the competition of ideas.
(RNS) Now we are seeking to transform — transform constituents’ lives and transform our troubled world. Now we are actually “doing what Jesus did.” Now we are disrupting and challenging.