The Innkeeper: A Christmas Story

My name is Pradeep Patel. I operate a small motel off of Interstate 55 about an hour southwest of Chicago. And I need to tell you a story. As night began to fall, I lit the “No Vacancy” sign for the first time in months. All twelve rooms in our inn were full for the […]

God’s Heart for the Helpless

There are people God likes better than you. You don’t notice them and don’t know their names. They are faceless statistics, grim ideas. They may smell like mildew or Fritos or urea or pickles. They have no Klout score. They may live alone in a shoebox apartment or down a country lane, or they may […]

Throwing Jesus Off A Cliff

Early in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus gave a quick sermon to his hometown synagogue. By this time, word had already reached home that he had been teaching in synagogues around Galilee and performing many healings and miracles along the way.  I’m guessing — if his mother was anything like my mother — that his hometown was […]

Sunday School Logic in American Politics

I recall sitting at a bierhaus in Germany in March of 2004 and trying to explain to a group of appalled German graduate students why George W. Bush would be re-elected later that year. At that time, many, many Europeans loathed Bush as a corncob-piped simpleton with a unilateral, shoot-first-aim-later foreign policy. These Germans were […]

Idolatry of the Family

Jesus didn’t die on a God-forsaken cross to preserve your horn-rimmed vision of 1950s Americana. He did not go through hell and back to secure the keys to an exclusive gated community. And he didn’t suffer lacerations so that your nuclear family could be photographed beside the tulips in matching shiny egg-white shoes. Jesus had […]