March 5, 2013
In the grand scheme of things, most of the issues that seem important to a particular generation fade with time, even as the things that are truly important remain so throughout the ages. Thus, it isn't much of a surprise that people in Harford County feel strongly enough to turn out in substantial numbers in Bel Air to talk about a decision being made half a world away by people over whom they hold no sway. The decision being considered that drew a crowd over the weekend at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Bel Air is that of who will be the next pope.
February 12, 2013
Dr. Benjamin Carson, the eminent Johns Hopkins pediatric neurosurgeon, has received much attention over the years not only for his skills in the operating room but for what he has achieved beyond it. For many Baltimoreans, his story is a familiar one - born in Detroit, raised in poverty by a single mother, he overcame much to not only become a Medal of Freedom winner but a benefactor to thousands of young people through his scholarship program....
January 22, 2013
One of my favorite views of Charm City right now is entering into the downtown area from the 395 off-ramp. Our city is painted with Ravens spirit - purple lights dancing on skyscrapers, "Go Ravens!" posters taped to city windows, and my favorite: the billboard that simply said "WOW" after the Ravens' win Sunday over the Patriots. In fact, as I sit down to write this at the Towson Public Library, a woman just pointed out that the bookshelf next to me contains an entire collection of books with purple covers, complete with a border of purple stars cut out of construction paper.
December 24, 2012
The main reason for so much tragedy and turmoil in the world stems from the lack of acknowledging God on a daily basis for His guidance and direction in all things. There's no greater help we have. God has been taken out of schools, and now that Christmas is approaching we want to exclude God from that. How can we? We need a God who is omnipotent and omnipresent, too. Once we put God, the creator of all things, back in the world we may have fewer problems. Let us acknowledge God's goodness and mercy and his daily presence.
November 29, 2012
Dear God, Americans have it all wrong. We work too hard, so much so that when we do speak about pleasure - "élan," "gourmand," "joie de vivre" - our own language is not always up to the task. Even the productivity-crazed Germans have a special term for a stroll in the open air: " Spaziergang . " Bless them. They have a long word for everything. But we, too, slow down for the holidays. Driving home through North Baltimore, I remember that the pine trees have been there all this time - months, millennia - after outlasting the fall leaves.
October 25, 2012
I am writing as a pastor to express my support for Question 6, which allows gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people to be married in Maryland. Biblical scholar John Dominic Crossan explains that the concept of justice in the Bible is not punitive but distributive. Justice is not about punishment but about making sure everyone on earth gets a fair share. No one should be left out. No one short changed. Everyone should have equal access to food, shelter and clothing for sure.