Fratelli Tutti — a snapshot of what we are not, but should be

For any Christian with an affinity for St. Francis of Assisi, having the first pope to take the name Francis issue a papal encyclical at the tomb of St. Francis, on the vigil of the Feast of St. Francis, is enough to make you downright giddy. Pope Francis’ second encyclical, Fratelli Tutti — All Brothers … Continue reading Fratelli Tutti — a snapshot of what we are not, but should be

Faith should be no barrier to mental health treatment

Pastor Jarrid Wilson would have been a good source for any column on depression, mental illness and suicide awareness. Wilson, associate pastor at megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and co-founder of the mental health nonprofit Anthem of Hope, built a reputation around sharing his own struggles with depression, and trying to break down … Continue reading Faith should be no barrier to mental health treatment

The Methodist question: passion, pain and the need for grace

This originally was published by CNHI News in the opinion column "Reflections with Purpose." In the difficult and often rocky path of a Christian life, there is perhaps no task more fraught with pitfalls than striking a balance between passion and grace. And grace, my friends, is sorely needed right now as members of the … Continue reading The Methodist question: passion, pain and the need for grace

Amid extremes, a call for radical love and unity

  This has been a week of political extremes, from the president’s asinine renewal of a nuclear arms race with Russia to the left’s overly optimistic “Green New Deal.” The political cacophony overshadowed a momentous bit of news. On Tuesday, Pope Francis met in Abu Dhabi with Egypt’s Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar … Continue reading Amid extremes, a call for radical love and unity