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    Yule Is Not About the Virgin Birth

    Yule Is Not About the Virgin Birth

    ‘Tis the season of Yule: a season that has become, for many, filled with nihilistic self-debauchery set to the fraudulent timing of Jesus’s birth. Yay. It’s bad enough that we feel powerless amid a cascade of moral, political and cultural ambiguity of the last few years, but this time of year there is a delirious […]

    THE Game

    THE Game

    Football is in High Season right now. It’s become enmeshed in headlines: kneeling, concussions, NFL attendance are all loudly flamed. But it’s also the time of championships, pro playoff debates and season-ending “rivalry games.” I find an odd connection with the sport of football and faith in religion. Quite personally, for me, there is an […]

    Holidaze and the Prime Directive

    Holidaze and the Prime Directive

    ‘Tis the season. The crush to sell-sell-sell for Thanksgiving starts the swirl of marketing that’s a buzz kill for many, if not most of us. I look at the Starbucks cup on Nov. 1 and I cringe. The essence of our humanity is distorted when it’s objectified in order to market product. The new Starbucks […]

    When Death Happens To The Unknown Next Of Kin

    When Death Happens To The Unknown Next Of Kin

    My 67 year-old brother-turned-sister had retreated into work over the last 15 years. She was a bus dispatcher, but was, by all accounts, totally dedicated to being “at work”. No friends outside of the office, no hobbies. So when she told her co-workers that she was going home after a morning shift to return for […]

    Jesus Has Left the Building: Architecture and Artificial Intelligence

    Jesus Has Left the Building: Architecture and Artificial Intelligence

    “God is in the details” is reputed to have been uttered by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe back when Mid-Century modern architecture made the idea of “expressive” details sexy to the world of architecture. Now the mention of God in architecture is a little “off” for most of my fellow architects. Like most in […]

    Revenge of the Puritans

    Revenge of the Puritans

    Whether God is in your life or not, you know you are going to die here on Earth. Mortality is as common and constant as sunrise and sunset. But we, the folks who gave you Stonehenge, rage against the fading light. Duh. There are options. You can choose to live for you. You can be […]

    The Lord’s Football

    The Lord’s Football

    It’s the end of summer. It’s the beginning of the fall academic sports season. But it is yet hot, humid, and athletic bodies are in full assault. No matter the sport, it’s preseason. It’s a time of shock, sweat, blood, swelling, and stiffness. It is a time no old athlete forgets, and most wince at […]

    Football At Last: A Preseason Preview

    Football At Last: A Preseason Preview

    NFL preseason games start next week…. The airwaves are crackling hype at the advent of NFL team summer camps. Every year, about a million young men and a hundred or more young women play tackle football at every level. They’re all starting the season about now.  Fewer than 2,000 of those players are in the National […]

    Flight or Fight? Grace in the Face of the Freak Show

    Flight or Fight? Grace in the Face of the Freak Show

    In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s pretty easy to get overwhelmed. We are in a strange season: Russia, Healthcare, Special Investigating, Trump Mania are in a screaming Opera of Hatred. Cable TV, the Internet, dinner parties (dinner parties!) are amped up to the point where you can just shut down. Coping with work, kids, spouse—whatever else […]

    Suburbia at the Mid-Century: Church

    Suburbia at the Mid-Century: Church

    Two thousand years of Jesus in our lives had a crest when The American Dream was real. It was Mid-Century: after America rose from the fugue state of The Great Depression to wrest control of the globe from evil. The extreme, violent and costly effort changed the world – but especially America. Millions had died, […]

    Giddy Godless Weddings

    Giddy Godless Weddings

    ’Tis the season. More than any other time of the year people are celebrating their connection in marriage. Having aged into “friends of Mom and Dad” status, my wife and I have been to many weddings in the last few years. We’ve noticed that this ceremony, which was languishing in our culture, has been enlivened in […]

    On Being Fat (and Life's Other Unavoidable Criteria)

    On Being Fat (and Life’s Other Unavoidable Criteria)

    I have always been fat. From earliest memory, my mother took me to De Pinna’s “husky section” to buy fat kids’ clothing. When I was playing at 189 and 10% body fat, my BMI was close to “morbid” — and I have not been below 200 in 37 years. When I lost a third of […]