The With-God Life: The Fall of Babylon

Behold, three ways I’m tempted to read and misread today’s lectionary selection from Revelation, which begins with an angel calling out: “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!    It has become a dwelling place of demons,a haunt of every foul spirit,    a haunt of every foul bird,    a haunt of every foul and hateful beast.For all the nations have … More The With-God Life: The Fall of Babylon

The With-God Life: “The Lord Was Very Angry”

Some weeks it feels like most of what I do is deliver bad news. Well, not “news” — but old stories from the dismal past: nuclear crises and mutually assured destruction are coming up tomorrow in Cold War; on Monday morning my freshman seminar studied apocalyptic themes in post-World War I art; and this morning, the … More The With-God Life: “The Lord Was Very Angry”

That Was The Week That Was

This week I wrote devotionals about everything from celebration to suffering, plus a Graham Greene novel, and I invited four Anxious Bench colleagues to share their experience of teaching under COVID. Elsewhere: • While undergraduate enrollments have declined less than expected, the pandemic does seem to be depopulating another kind of educational institution: public schools. • Conservative … More That Was The Week That Was

The With-God Life: The Spiritual Discipline of Celebration

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting; and people came and said to [Jesus], “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot fast while the bridegroom is with them, can they? As long as they have the … More The With-God Life: The Spiritual Discipline of Celebration