‘Listening and Learning’ means little without action

Is “listening and learning” in danger of becoming the new “thoughts and prayers”?  A twenty-year-old – which is the age group we need to hear, especially these days – told me she thinks it is, especially for white people. Just like some respond to tragedy with the promise of thoughts and prayers, her concern isContinue reading “‘Listening and Learning’ means little without action”

Sep 11, ten years later

10 years after 9/11, reflect and rememberby Nathan Day Wilson Sept. 11, 2001, is personal. That day, I was supposed to be in Washington, D.C., at a place not far from the Pentagon. Instead, due to change in my itinerary, I was in a meeting in Charleston, W.Va. During a break in the meeting, myContinue reading “Sep 11, ten years later”

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”

Higher education

What should we cut; what should we cut? That’s the question many religious communities, like many families, are asking. They want to reduce spending by eliminating all that is inessential. In theory, that is a great idea, of course. To put the theory into practice, however, the operative question is “What is essential?” One areaContinue reading “Higher education”

Vote Values this Tuesday

Voting biblical values into office FAITH MATTERSBY NATHAN DAY WILSON I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s going to be an election Tuesday. Yes, I know that you are impressed with my observational skills. While that shocking news is settling in, let me ask a question: What priorities or values will inform how youContinue reading “Vote Values this Tuesday”

Journaling

Feeling emotional? Write it downBy Nathan Day WilsonPublished: Friday, February 5, 2010 9:11 AM US/eastern I love the ability of writing to change lives. My life, your life, our lives as a community — writing has the capacity to change them all, and change them for the better. One of the ways our individual livesContinue reading “Journaling”

Who will do God’s will?

Imagine the following scene. In a hurry, as usual, familiar words rush from your mouth: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on Earth as it is heaven.” Suddenly, abruptly, almost curtly, a voice responds: “Are you sure?” Shocked, you reply, “Sure of what?” The voice continues: “Sure that you want my will to beContinue reading “Who will do God’s will?”

Light of truth in healthcare

The Shelbyville News Light of truth in healthcareBy Nathan Day Wilson First of all, thank you for the many emailed, telephoned and in person compliments on last week’s column. And, thank you for the complaint: a good reminder of the difficulty of writing hyperbole. I appreciate them all. It was a fun column to write.Continue reading “Light of truth in healthcare”