Bear the Image of God

“Give to the emperor what is the emperor’s” is too often used as a proof text to demand obedience to empire and government. However, the text of the narrative reveals this to be a dangerous misreading. Indeed, instead of acquiescing to empire, Jesus beckons us to find the image of God stamped on us and on others and then to let that image dictate who we are and how we act. … More Bear the Image of God

BOOK REVIEW – The Seven Storey Mountain

The Seven Storey Mountain is a compelling adventure story in which Merton emerges as a sort-of modern Odysseus, a lost soul searching for a home, redemption, and freedom. Merton was certainly a heroic figure in my early years as a seminarian. As I heard Merto’s own bout with spiritual confusion, I felt that Merton was writing about me. … More BOOK REVIEW – The Seven Storey Mountain