The Wrath of God: It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Photo Edward R. Dufresne

    One striking thing about Jesus is that he so often became angry. The Gospels detail a trail of fury that the Prince of Peace left in his wake. Time and again he raged at Satan, the embodiment of evil. Possessing demons and crippling disease made him livid. He vilified the Pharisees, railed against ingrates and excoriated the faithless Continue Reading →

Town Meeting

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I sit in this predictably tedious, sometimes entertaining and occasionally moving civic gathering that we call town meeting and I marvel at the small miracle of pure democracy that unfolds each year for us toward winter’s end. Despite the bitter temperature and the snow that’s predicted to begin falling in a couple of hours, we’ve gathered as a town in our worn-down school gymnasium. Continue Reading →

Forgiven, Freed to Forgive

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us,”  — Luke 14:4 and Matthew 6:12

One evening when I was serving as a chaplain on a cruise ship, I sat down to dinner with a party of eight. During the table conversation, one woman announced in bold but hurt tones that she had recently disinherited all of her children. She looked around at us and said, “That will certainly teach them a lesson don’t you Continue Reading →