We are N

That's no happy face there - it's the current yellow badge, or Judenstern, of Iraq.  The N', or ن in Arabic, is the symbol used by the Islamic State (ISIS) to identify who is a Nazarene - a Christian. It has been drawn on doorways and painted on house-fronts in captured Iraqi cities, allowing ISIS militia to… Continue reading We are N

The crime of living cautiously

Ours is an age of anxiety; we idolize security, seeking to live ruling out risk or failure.  Exhibit # 1,043: helicopter parents hovering protectively over their children's bubble-wrapped lives. Doesn't that seem a bad way to live?  Jesus seemed to think so.  I love Eugene Peterson's paraphrase of Jesus' parable of the talents, the master says… Continue reading The crime of living cautiously