I’d like to suggest a simple discipline that would really help all of us in the midst of the events of the past few months (discussions of race and police brutality, debates over the 2020 Presidential Election, the January 6 events in Washington, D.C., etc). It’s a habit formed and strengthened over thousands of purposeful […]

this regret borders on chagrin when we find that Men of abilities—zealous patriots—having the same general objects in view, and the same up-right intentions to prosecute them, will not exercise more charity in deciding on the opinions, & actions of one another. George Washington, in a letter to Hamilton, 1792 Here are the two paragraphs […]

Since 2015, most of my writing has been posted at the Justice For All blog and website.  To bring this space more up to date, here are “my top five from the past five” with a few comments about why: It’s Her Body – A Series of Reflections (August 2018) – If I’ve written anything […]

In a New York Times Op-Ed today, “Slavery Thrived on Compromise, John Kelly,” Kashana Cauley gives us a good example of a very bad habit that plagues many conversations: equivocation.  (Equivocation is the use of a word in two ways in the midst of an argument in which the argument gets some or all of […]

I appreciated the picture of humans responding to disaster that concludes this short description of the Mexico City earthquake, “Living in Mexico City Is a Perpetual Dare.”  It’s overwhelming to read the news these past two months, with major hurricanes causing major flooding in Houston, Louisiana, Florida, and elsewhere.  We saw the wreckage of those […]

A walk in the forest with the kids is a good time to pray for them.

From now on, I’ll be posting updates about JFA’s work at JFA’s new blog: http://www.jfaweb.org/jfa-blog.

Stop trying to understand Twitter, at least for a moment.  Pray for my wife and our kids instead.

It all started at 1:40 AM at a stoplight on Pacific Coast Highway in Hermosa Beach, California.  My July newsletter tells what happened there and how one good thing that came of it was a sound bite that is still making an impact on how people think about abortion 13 years later.  The short letter, Ten […]

Something wild is always blooming, from twinleaf and bloodroot early in spring to beeweed in late fall, things of intricate, limitless beauty.  Often I fear that I am not paying enough attention. -Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow (p. 327)