Thoughts on Sacrifice

In Psalm 116 the phrase “sacrifice of thanksgiving” appears. Historically, it’s pretty clear that God has been moving humanity away from blood sacrifice of children and animals toward cleaner forms of propitiation. God suggests that simple gratitude for all God’s gifts will suffice. But the phrase “sacrifice of thanksgiving” still puzzles me. How is saying… Read More

Lemon Drop

“My life is like a lemon drop. I’m suckin’ on the bitter to get to the sweet part”—these lyrics from the Pistol Annies’ song “Lemon Drop” have always resonated with me. Cute and humorous on the surface, they hold a deeper truth. Their simplest message is a certain optimism contained in lines like “I know… Read More

Planet Hope

A year ago, if you had asked me how long the earth would take to regenerate in the absence of human activity, I would have said ten years. Now after just a few (albeit long and tedious) weeks, my opinion has changed. A few weeks after Italy went under Covid-19 lockdown, the water in Venice’s… Read More