What made them family were the values that bound them together as an icon of God's love for the whole human family. And those values have absolutely nothing to do with either the gender or the genetics
The priest walked past the prostitutes every day. He had no choice. But he confessed he never spoke with the women, studiously avoided eye contact and did his best to never acknowledge their existence.
We put our faith in the adults around us because to do otherwise would be to embrace chaos. We put our faith in nonprofits and like institutions because we know how badly we need them to do the work they do.
While holiday errands can cause serious withdrawals on your bank account, that time together could become a deposit in your relational bank account with your child. To try to cash in on that time, add time... for you to grab a meal.
Faith in a balanced form could be a positive, and in some ways essential, trait for humanity. However, it could also have the potential for becoming counterproductive if it is used as blind faith or ignorance.
As we have done for the past 16 years, my wife and I brave the unseasonably cold Austin, Texas weather to attend a ceremony that has now become a tradition, albeit a sad one, in our lives: the Tree of Angels ceremony.
As a country, we are facing some pretty tough times. The Tim Tebow story has captured our attention because it helps us remember that, like that favorite teacher told us when we were kids, we all have the power to reach our dreams and make the people around us better.
You don't need to be a Christian -- or a constitutional scholar -- to know that there's something wrong in this country when candidates for president can openly express their ignorance about the First Amendment.
Even at the depth of Job's suffering, he engages God. He does not cut himself off from the ability to give thanks. Job doesn't deny his own pain; he uses it as a gateway to go deeper into his relationship with God.
It's time to invite the Occupy Movement to church! And Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion. Have some of the young protesters -- the "99ers" as they're becoming known -- from this rapidly growing movement over for a big holiday dinner!
In his writings, Berry speaks about reclaiming local economies and living an authentic life. And in an age when heroes seem to beg for all our attention on TV and Twitter, Berry doesn't even use a computer.