It’s time to find room at the inn for everyone

William Sloane Coffin said the best sermon he never preached was at a Christmas Eve service when he pastored New York City’s Riverside Church. The poinsettias were beautiful. The people were joyful. The place was packed. It was time in the Christmas pageant for the innkeeper to deny Mary and Joseph with the resounding line,Continue reading “It’s time to find room at the inn for everyone”

No more waiting: Rejoice, for a child is born

Today is Christmas Eve. The church I serve will celebrate tonight at 7 and 11 p.m., with the first celebration featuring songs led by children and the second celebration culminating in the beautiful lighting of candles at midnight. For Christians, Christmas Eve represents the end of Advent, a season of longing for the birth ofContinue reading “No more waiting: Rejoice, for a child is born”

Young adults want change, not charity

Column: Today’s youth understand the true value of charity Published: Friday, December 3, 2010 8:13 AM US/easternFAITH MATTERSBY NATHAN DAY WILSONColumnist When it comes to giving money to charity, Americans are without equal. Every year, and especially during the holiday season, many of us donate money out of religious commitment or to take advantage ofContinue reading “Young adults want change, not charity”

Those who begin by burning books will end by burning people

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Wrestle with life, then grow and learn

Wrestle with life, then grow and learnPublished: Friday, February 19, 2010 9:11 AM US/easternBy NATHAN DAY WILSON Wrestling with life, while always difficult and sometimes traumatic, is both unavoidable and, more importantly, necessary because wrestling with life helps us develop vision in life as well as expectations. Wrestling with life gives us insight as wellContinue reading “Wrestle with life, then grow and learn”

Custom made or cookie cutter religion

My wife Janice likes to bake, which is good since I like to eat what she bakes! It’s one place where our universe aligns and everything works out peachy. Cookies are her specialty. Her cookies may be tried and true, such as chocolate chip or my favorite monster cookie, or they may be new andContinue reading “Custom made or cookie cutter religion”

Words That Create Community

This is from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey and is titled “Words That Create Community.” The word is always a word for others. Words need to be heard. When we give words to what we are living, these words need to be received and responded to. A speaker needs a listener. A writer needsContinue reading “Words That Create Community”

Not Being Distracted

Can You Hear Me? The master of ceremony bragged on the elementary-aged award recipients: their concern for the environment, their vision of a recycling program, their stamina to make the vision a reality. He called their names. Wild applause, some standing, pictures flashing. But only one recipient appeared. When the emcee repeated the second name,Continue reading “Not Being Distracted”

We have the power to make the world we seek

The text of President Obama’s speech today in Cairo: “I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’sContinue reading “We have the power to make the world we seek”