Tagged: Jon Carlson

Subversive Suppers

By Jon Carlson The ancient Romans never wrote an imperial anthem. Historians generally agree that they didn't have a national flag, either. In contrast, our nation's recent controversies surrounding patriotism, national pride, and racial...

I Pity the Fool

By Jon Carlson Where do you locate evil? In the aftermath of the deadly white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, it's easy to point to places where evil was active: evil was marching down the...

Fear Itself

By Jon Carlson "Fear is the beginning of despair even as hope is the beginning of daring." – Thomas Aquinas How often have you felt despair this election season? A little pessimism here, some...

Who is Your Neighbor?

By Jon Carlson "Fixating on differences leads us to ignore glaring commonalities." – Christena Cleveland Do you picture Jesus as liberal or conservative? Put another way, do you assume that Jesus more or less...

Into Temptation

by Jon Carlson "What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible? Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love. It seems easier to be God than...