The heaviest burden: “What, if some day or night, a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life, as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but […]
As I watch the ongoing mutation and collapse of my nation and society, Advent seems grittier and more necessary than in years past. You can feel our empire shudder and fret. The Rulers and the Rich and the Reverends, they twist into something astonishing and fearsome. They feed the people with lies. Words and actions […]
I am in Red Hook, Brooklyn, just across the harbor from Downtown Manhattan. I have dropped off my son on his first full day of school. The day seamlessly conflates with that morning of a day sixteen years before. The Twin Towers are burning. The sky, that sharp and flawless painful blue, is the same […]
If I am having so hard a time formulating even a first sentence about Charlottesville, I can only guess the feat at hand for the sermon writer scrambling to pen something necessary and coherent and urgent and and and. And I hope it is every sermon writer – especially every white sermon writer. I hope […]
Let’s break it.