A Plea for Civility

Last week a senior official in the Trump administration was asked to leave a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia (a town that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton in 2016).  The reason?  According to the owner, the restaurant “has certain standards that I feel it has to uphold, such as honesty, and compassion, and cooperation,” and in …

Continue reading A Plea for Civility


Everyone Needs Some Ebenezers

One of my favorite hymns is Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing.  Robert Robinson wrote that hymn in 1752 and we sing it at Grace often.  I also reflect upon it frequently, particularly verse two. That verse begins in a way not immediately accessible to most of us in the twenty-first century: “Here I raise …

Continue reading Everyone Needs Some Ebenezers