Category Archives: Talks


President and Mrs. Bush, I want to say a personal word on behalf of many people. Thank you, Mr. President, for calling this Day of Prayer and Remembrance. We needed it at this time. We come together today to affirm our conviction that God cares for us, whatever our ethnic, religious or political background may […]

Thomas Hart Benton: The Prodigal Son

When reading Peter Hitchens wonderful book The Rage Against God I was particularly struck by his personal reflection on Thomas Hart Benton’s The Prodigal Son. I wanted to post a blog about that but found that Dennis Skinner had done it for me. So why try to reinvent the wheel. Here it is: The Other […]

Meditation on Matthew 22: 34-46 – Bates College Chapel – 10/26/08

Matthew 22:34-46 “But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and […]

Meditation on Luke 15:1-10 – Bates College Chapel – 9/16/07

My first thought after reading the scripture was to recall getting lost while driving between Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois this summer. On the drive, I learned that there are two signs you are lost:  1) absolute confidence that you are going the right way and hence are not lost, and  2) the subsequent […]

Radical Feminist Calls for Religion to Lead the Artistic Renaissance

Who would expect a self-avowed pro-choice, libertarian atheist to call for a renaissance of America’s fine arts through religion?