Keep Your Eyes on the Ultimate Prize—Eternal Life

With the rest of the country I watched with sadness as allegations unfolded at Penn State against Jerry Sandusky. As the story developed, I saw the investigation point to some level of complicity on the part of university officials. I’m not here to judge the actions of any person or institution—the legal...

The Man Behind the Birdbath

Perhaps the most popular sculptured image of Francis is that of the ragged little man standing on a birdbath. This figure, which has become so universal, could be discovered as easily in a Methodist’s backyard or a Buddhist prayer garden as at a Franciscan retreat center. To those who grumble that this...

Let the Games Begin

I love the Summer Olympics. Let me rephrase: I live for the Summer Olympics. For the two weeks that the Games are televised, I lose focus of pretty much every other area of my life. I’m not as communicative with friends—and I’m not sorry about it. I’m constantly checking the medal count...

No Rush to Judgment

Back in my ultimate frisbee-playing days, I’d travel throughout the Midwest and South for tourneys. One of my teammates (I’ll call him Shmuel) was finishing rabbinical school at Hebrew Union College and decided to pull a prank on an unsuspecting waitress. Our meal stop took us to a greasy spoon...

Rampant Road Rage

The other day I witnessed a disturbing scene while driving toward a 4-way intersection. An oncoming, middle-aged driver had just driven through the intersection when a car to his right started to turn right into him, just barely avoiding a collision. As I drove upon the scene, the older driver had stopped...

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