Spirituality & Politics

What does spirituality have to say about the politics du jour? Notably the recurring threat of budget shutdown? Maybe a lot.

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The Conservative, the Liberal, the One in the Middle

A tumultuous 2016 draws to a close. An uncertain 2017 lies ahead. Time to consider where we’ve been and where we may be going from the vantage point of the three who have defined this political year – radical conservative Donald Trump, the old liberal Bernie Sanders, and the one in the middle – the […]

Jesus vs Trump – On Trade (Part 2)

In the wake of the November election, I wrote that President-elect Trump’s opposition to free global trade was not only bad economics but downright immoral. Looking back to Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, the case is made that if The Donald is to define neighborly based on America first (to the exclusion or detriment of our extended […]

Jesus vs. Trump – On Trade

President-elect Donald Trump ran a campaign focused on scrapping current and pending trade agreements, and increasing tariffs on imported goods from countries like Mexico and China. It’s all part of an America First approach to doing business domestically and globally. The arguments over trade are  being made on economic grounds. Free traders articulate the case that […]

Let my people go …

The people of the U.S. have spoken. And the electors will soon follow: As Moses implored the Pharaoh of Egypt repeatedly: “Let my people go…” Moses’ campaign pleas were made on behalf of Israelites who believed in their leader as well as those who though this aged murderer was leading them to disaster. President-elect Trump […]

Blessed Are the Poor … In Spirit

In his infamous Sermon on the Mount, the Gospel of Matthew records Jesus as saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” This is the first beatitude … front and center. Luke’s gospel records what Jesus said somewhat differently, as “Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of […]

Expect Conflict & Make Peace

Starting in Ferguson and most recently extending to Baton Rouge, St. Paul, Dallas, and back to Baton Rouge, America is in the grips of the seemingly surprising re-emergence of conflict between its African-American communities and the police responsible for protecting these samecommunities. Looking from the vantage point of the Brexit-divided British isles, the Economist magazine on July 16 […]

Brexit, Jesus & the American Presidency

Well, the Brits have done it. A catastrophic defeat for arrogant capitalism run amok. A victory for the mediocrity of parochial socialism on the peasants’ march through western civilization. A time to grieve for what is being lost – and for the world ahead. So, what would Jesus say? Jesus’ Response to Grief Prior to […]

Jesus & New York Values

Ted Cruz lit the fuse back in January when he criticized the “New York values” of his campaign adversary Donald Trump. Since then, everyone who is anyone has piled on – exposing the widening chasm between urban versus suburban, exurban and rural perspectives on America. Despite protestations, all of our candidates evidence traces of this […]