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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

Solidarity

February 23rd, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Sometimes events dictate what must be considered in a weekly message like this. If I had no word about the school shooting in Florida and its aftermath, you would surely notice. A problem involves all the media you’ve likely absorbed about it. So, while I feel I must name it here, I’m aware you’re already… Read More

A Brief Meditation on Time on a Cold Day at the Start of a New Year…

February 2nd, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Do you highly value your time? Planning Consultant and Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Enterprises at Stevens Institute of Technology writes that “It never ceases to amaze how much time people say they spend doing things they claim not to value. At the same time, they emphasize how little time they spend… Read More

Breaktime

January 26th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I need a break. You likely do too. A break from the news/info maelstrom frothed up for us every morning and evening, well, all time in between too. It comes at us relentlessly, crashing in on consciousness, devouring valuable real estate in our attention library. It’s hard to shake. Periodically I recognize addictive patterns have… Read More

Self-Disclosure

January 19th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

When I’m socializing in secular settings and the circumstance allows for a bit of sincere conversation, I might be asked how I came to be an ordained minister. Generally, I sense this question is motivated differently than a question directed to, say, a finance guy about his work. Especially in New York, broker, lawyer, teacher,… Read More

Witness

January 12th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. So said Martin Luther King, Jr. Ironic timing, isn’t it? that on the eve of our MLK commemoration weekend our president should so debase himself and the office he holds by his disparagement of, well,… Read More

Parable for a New Year

January 5th, 2018 by Stephen Bauman

I heard a story about a man from Philadelphia. He murdered a driver who had slipped in front of his car on a congested expressway. Evidently, the delay was caused by several lanes merging into one, and he had been waiting, stewing in frustration for a long time. Just as his turn came to move… Read More

Hope for a Xanax Nation

December 29th, 2017 by Stephen Bauman

As the year whimpers to a close many feel it can’t happen soon enough. Good riddance 2017! But, oh my, here comes 2018… It’s not as though we’re starting off with a clean slate. The dissolving political landscape won’t resolve by midnight Sunday. Come Monday morning we’ll still be a bitterly divided nation with a… Read More