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Jan 2017 – Mentioning two unmentionables In his newest book, Craig  C. Hill, the new dean of Perkins School of Theology  at SMU,  dares to address two  subjects that  are… Continue reading

Dec 2016 — We’ re in the midst of such a time right now, observes Thomas Friedman, New York Times foreign affairs columnist, in his newest book, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 2016). Friedman wrote this book before the recent U.S. presidential election, so he wasn’t specifically referring to it, but many of us feel even more dislocated now as a result of the election. Continue reading

Nov 2016 – After a two-year break I’m resuming publication of Connections. I’ve especially missed the responses from readers. Many tell me they’ve missed getting Connections, too. At a Faith and Reason seminar I recently attended,… Continue reading

Nov 2014 Connections. Much as I hate to realize it, I’ve gotten old. So have a lot of the people closest to me. I’ll be 81 next month, my husband turned 85 a few months ago, and many of… Continue reading

Oct 2014 Connections. Given our Constitution’s requirement that church and state remain separate, religion should appear in public schools only in a balanced historical context that informs students about the world’s religions. But too often, Christian evangelism is allowed… Continue reading

Aug 2014 Connections. In his book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (Penguin, 2011), historian and journalist Colin Woodard explains that our continent was originally colonized by 11 different “nations” — cultural groups… Continue reading

American NationsJuly 2014 Connections. Our true founders didn’t have an “original intent” that we can refer back to in challenging times such as this, observes historian and journalist Colin Woodard. Instead, they had original intents — plural. In his… Continue reading

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren

May 2014 Connections. Fighting injustice by making it public. Several recent books have presented thought-provoking views about current national and world to reflect what Jesus advocated, what Christians ask for in the Lord’s Prayer. Read/download 5-2014 Connections >

fumcbartlettApr 2014 Connections. A central Texas church has been resurrected, to the surprise of many people who have known it earlier. For years, United Methodist district superintendents who were responsible for it saw it as a problem church, and… Continue reading

sarah miles

Sarah Miles

Mar 2014 Connections. Two Sara Miles books describe her conversion, the food pantries she started, her public observances of Ash Wednesday, and her food-related view of communion. Read and download 3-2014 Connections >

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