Tag: God


Coexisting Beyond Bumper Stickers

I was out walking with a friend the other day when I noticed these bumper stickers sharing space on the back of a car, and I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Okay, so I laughed – really hard – and then without crying, was actually kind of pained. Before telling you what I think, ask yourself what you make of the messages. For me, the irony is intense. We’re encouraged to “Coexist” with a rainbow of faiths, traditions and identities, even as we’re also invited to heap abuse on Republicans......

Continue Reading


The Amtrak Tragedy, and All That Faith Can't Explain

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Since the Amtrak train derailed in northeast Philadelphia, I’ve been asked numerous times to answer the question, “Where was God?” I understand that not everyone is comforted?when tragic deaths are explained as part of a grand plan. But we can all be comforted by remembering “God is wherever people discover that no matter what, we are never alone.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the stories of faith in action changing the world for the better. Their......

Continue Reading


Gratitude for 'Good Enough'

In the film Whiplash, Terrence Fletcher – the monomaniacal drum teacher played by J.K. Simmons – fervently attests that “the two most dangerous words in the English language are ‘good job.'” Someone hears these words of approval and loses the edge that spurs them to practice harder and go beyond expectations. No longer afraid of failing, their switch is turned off, and the world loses its next great accomplishment. Simmons’ performance is disturbing, and his behavior is never far from the line between discipline and abuse. Yet it’s hard to shake his......

Continue Reading


Cruz, Hoops and Quiet Time: Our Week in Wisdom

On The Wisdom Daily this week (March 23-27), we discussed decision-making, downtime, religion in politics and grief. We also shared news from our co-founders: Irwin Kula’s panel at the U.N., and Brad Hirschfield’s Daily Wrap collaboration. Did you grow wiser this week? We hope The Wisdom Daily played a part.   The Role of Faith as the 2016 Campaign Frenzy Begins – Brad Hirschfield The?race for the presidency formally kicked off when U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) tweeted: “I’m running for president and I hope to earn your support!” Later at Liberty......

Continue Reading


Prayer on the Go, at Drive-Thru Churches

We have drive-thru restaurants and drive-thru banks. And now, popping up around the country – from the red state of Florida, to the purple state of Arizona, to the blue state of Massachusetts – are drive-thru prayer services.?”This is an attempt to reach folks in our fast-paced culture…It can be spontaneous,” said a Minnesota pastor who recently experimented with this convenience, created to appeal to locals and commuters driving by. You heard this right. On-the-spot spiritual guidance, comfort to worshippers in a hurry – a real drive-thru ministry. Drivers can warm their......

Continue Reading


Who Should Be Person of the Year?

The 2014 Person of the Year according to Time magazine is “the Ebola fighters.” Do you agree? It’s hard to argue with recognizing the men and women who have fought, and continue to battle, this terrible disease for which there’s no established cure. These people genuinely put their lives on the line. They run into the burning building, so to speak, as most others are running out. And if that isn’t worthy of recognition, what is? And yes, that praise also extends to firefighters, cops and all first responders who do the......

Continue Reading


The Spirit's Irrepressible Impulse

In the words of Bob Dylan, “It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” English philosopher Roger Scruton’s wise and beautifully written The Soul of the World makes the case that, despite the brashness of the New Atheists and the increase of “Nones” (those with no religious affiliation) there is a “fundamentally religious impulse” – what we call “the sacred” – that is irrepressible. Scruton explains faith as an “attitude of openness to meanings” (experienced in love, art, nature and morality) that......

Continue Reading


Eddie Izzard's Acts of Gods

Oscar Wilde once said, “If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh or they will kill you.” Eddie Izzard, the surreal, free-associative, British comic embodies this wisdom. I saw this self-described “action transvestite” at a wildly crazy, funny show on the New York stop of his 2014-’15 tour, Force Majeure – a title derived from the French for “Acts of God.” Force Majeure deals with grand philosophical ideas, but if it has a theme, it’s simple: There is no God! Izzard hilariously reflects on the bizarreness of god-demanded human......

Continue Reading


Video: Noah Brings in the Box Office and the Controversy

From Odyssey Network’s Faith on the Record video series: The movie Noah, starring Russell Crowe, continues to attract money (it’s earned over $178 million in its first two weeks of release) and controversy. Everyone seems to be talking about it, from the Vatican to Jon Stewart, and it’s been banned in some countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. Both the critics and the critics’ critics are looking to “see what they already believe when they look at the Bible,” but maybe they should be looking for something else. Be sure to also......

Continue Reading


Who is Crazier - Noah or God?

I saw the blockbuster film Noah this past Sunday. Despite the deluge (sorry) of commentary about the film – inevitable for a biblical film in culture war times – I can’t resist offering my take. Most of what has been written about Noah has centered on the film’s fidelity to the original story, which really means fidelity to the way a particular critic heard the Noah story when he was a child, or the way his particular creedal community understands the story. Watch this segment from The Daily Show as proof. The......

Continue Reading