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Let’s be very clear…

June 15th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Let’s be very clear: there is nothing remotely biblical or Christian about ripping children away from their mothers and fathers. I almost can’t write this given my sputtering anger over our federal officials quoting scripture defending the righteousness of their obscene policy at our borders. They’ve completely violated the gospel of redemptive love. In early… Read More

The Great Revealing

June 1st, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

There’s a lot of media chatter about how we’ve traded away our privacy for the blessing of the technology gods. It’s a big deal. No going back. Maybe we’ll find ways to regulate how techies monetize our identities, but in the main, it does seem that the instantaneous and ubiquitous access to everything all of… Read More

Stuff that matters

May 25th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Yesterday I stumbled into a surprising article in the June issue of Atlantic Magazine that was doubly intriguing given the match-up between author and content. At the age of 95 Henry Kissinger—erstwhile Secretary of State during the tainted Nixon administration and subsequent political raconteur—immersed himself in learning about artificial intelligence (AI). Given its title, How… Read More

Cocktail Fear

May 18th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

In the corner of the room something more than the usual cocktail party chatter was shaping up. I was surprised to hear this group of five millennials talking seriously about fear—an unusually serious turn for an otherwise rather frivolous party. Inviting myself in, I heard a quiet but intense exchange about how fear was the… Read More

Bow and arrows

May 4th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

May 20th is Confirmation Sunday when a number of our kids will receive the church’s blessing for their emergent faith journey. I well remember when my children received this blessing more than 20 years ago. And I remember their questions about what it all meant. Melissa and I answered them as best we could, and… Read More

Facebook Shenanigans

April 13th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Glancing around the interior of the immaculate taxi cab, of which the driver was expressively proud, I noticed a small sign in the corner of a window that said, “Vehicle equipped with security camera system…All occupants will be photographed.” Earlier that morning, Mark Zuckerberg was scheduled to appear before congress, so I was already primed… Read More

The Morning After

April 6th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Ok, so I’m seriously dating myself here, but I’m reminded this week of an old hit single from the early ‘70’s that won the Best Song Oscar, later released by Maureen McGovern entitled The Morning After. It begins this way: There’s got to be a morning after If we can hold on through the night We… Read More

Invitation to Humility

March 23rd, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Those readers who know my wife, Melissa, know that I married very well lest I should find myself thinking more of my gifts than I ought to. A couple of years into both my marriage and my ministry, she provided the appropriate counterpoint to my emergent ego. It went down like this: Being a rather… Read More

A lesson for Lent

March 16th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I was a freshman in college when I confronted the prospect of being drafted at the height of the Vietnam War. While against the war, I was also politically naïve and emotionally numb, not truly comprehending the stakes, much in the manner of the proverbial “deer-in-headlights.” By my 18th year, most draft deferments had been… Read More

Languishing

March 9th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

About this time in the season of Lent, I can slip into the spiritual doldrums. That is, after nearly 40 years of repeating the liturgical cycle on the backside of winter, I can find myself stuck in a same-old, same-old ho-hum spiritual rut. Is there anything new under the sun? could describe the unspoken sensibility. Recognizing… Read More