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 …

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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 …

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Imagine

Forty-seven years ago John Lennon released the single “Imagine,” one of the most-performed songs of the twentieth century.  The lyrics consist of a (naïve) dream of how wonderful a totally secular world could be: “Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people …

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Acceptance, Not Approval

"[H]ospitality characterizes those who don't fuss over different worldviews represented at the dinner table.  The truly hospitable aren't embarrassed to keep friendships with people who are different.  They don't by the world's bunk about this.  They know there is a difference between acceptance and approval, and they courageously accept and respect people who think differently …

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