What Prince Can Teach us About Death

I am not the first to point out that, since the announcement of Prince’s untimely death, the usual feeding frenzy has been underway. Part cult of celebrity, part denial of death, it seems that when any high-profile person dies much before having reached their eightieth birthday the public becomes obsessed with discovering some behavioral flaw…

A Spiritual Care Vacuum

It seems to me that one of the consequences of the decline of institutional religion in America – and it’s also a cause of that decline, by the way – is that we have created a spiritual care vacuum. Mind you, I’m not talking about religious education. I am talking about spiritual care. To look…

It’s No Joke

Among the many not so funny April Fools “news” stories circulating in Milwaukee today, two were especially telling. One said that the Mitchell Park Conservatory, something of a landmark that has been closed due to four hundred million dollars of deferred maintenance being needed, would be rebuilt with Lego blocks. It’s supposed to be funny,…

Radicalized Christians

We need to start having honest discussions in America about the truth that there are radicalized Christians living here. One example would be the so-called Dominionists, who believe that humanity must exercise dominion over (i.e., have blatant disregard for)  the planet in order for Christ to come again. It’s fine to believe that nonsense if…

A Bible Lesson for Ted Cruz

In response to the terrorist attacks in Brussels yesterday, Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz said he would increase police patrols in “Muslim neighborhoods” to stop radicalization. Confronted this morning on CBS news with the truth that there aren’t Muslim neighborhoods in America and forced to admit that he doesn’t even know how many Muslim people live in…