Trinitarian Soundings

The Church and the Status Quo

Many are gathering today for rallies, community service projects, and worship.  As Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, remarked at the KCK mass gathering, “We come to these events so that we… Read more »


Humility and Mental Fitness

A funny meme came through my Facebook feed yesterday.  It was a picture of Mr. Ed, of TV’s yesteryear.  The caption was simply, “Stable Genius.” A horse, of course.     The… Read more »


Looking Both Ways

Driving lessons with my father always included this counsel: “Be sure to look both ways” at intersections, railroad crossings, and parking lots, to prevent an accident.  It proved helpful, to be sure. … Read more »


Quiet Pondering

The bustle of the past few weeks slows today—unless you are trying to return or exchange a gift.  It is a time of reflection and quieting the spirit.  Even the relentless urge… Read more »


Christmas Renews the Whole World

A reporter, an agnostic himself, recently reflected on the impact of Christmas practices beyond the Christian community.  Christmas is good for everybody, he said. The many philanthropic gambits, gifts to non-profits and… Read more »


Rejoice Always

  The Third Sunday of Advent is at hand, and the flicker of the pink candle will join the two already burning.  We will read texts filled with phrases about the joy… Read more »


Myanmar Institute of Theology at 90

  A school that began in 1927 with three students now has nearly 1300 in its varied academic programs.  Formerly led by Northern Baptists, Myanmar Institute of Theology has persevered through name… Read more »


Praying with the Suffering

In the past couple of days, we have visited churches, the Kachin Baptist Convention, a camp for Internally Displaced Persons, two drug rehabilitation centers, two theological schools, and the Fountain of Love… Read more »


Advent as Protest

The first two Sundays of Advent focus on hope and peace, without which we cannot fully live.  Hope is a gift of the Spirit, poured into our hearts as an ever- flowing… Read more »


Liminal Existence

Yesterday we finished the Christian year by celebrating the Reign of Christ.  Next Sunday, we begin the season of Advent, eagerly embracing the rituals that prepare us to receive the infant of… Read more »


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