Religious leaders are like the rest of us. They’re wearing the who-would-a-thunk-it look. It turns out 1968 was a rehearsal for 2020 — or, as George McKinney put it in a Facebook reply: “Not sure what to do when 1918 (the year of the killer flu epidemic) + 1929 (the…


Nihilism’s intellects have emerged from the shadows in the wake of President Donald Trump’s March 22nd tweet: “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF. AT THE END OF THE 15 DAY PERIOD, WE WILL MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHICH WAY WE WANT TO GO!”

Hear…


It seems my inner sexist escaped its cell and now ransacks my soul. It’s obvious. I no longer lean toward a particular female candidate vying for the 2020 Democratic nomination, although I remain open. …


Dear Bernie:

Kudos for your chutzpah. You’d shrivel the Democratic Party into an exclusive club of purists and exile anyone failing a single-issue litmus test — all in the name of liberal open-mindedness.

I refer to your statement: “I think being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a…


Think of this as theological pondering in the shadow of a behemoth.

The behemoth is often veiled behind social media rants over purported high crimes and misdemeanors, but it sometimes peaks into view and waves hello. Witness two recent news items: First, President Donald Trump served notice of America’s withdrawal…


A little reminder before world-wide climate strike on Friday: The leaders of most religious organizations understand the looming peril and don’t hide in denial’s illusions. Witness their statements and policies.

The National Religious Coalition on Creation Care, for example, has released repeated warnings. It recently did it again. A key…


I’m remembering the descent into the surreal. Radio reports told of crashing planes and dropping towers, of Pentagon flames and building evacuations, of stranded passengers in isolated airports — and, behind it all, there was the leering face of a would-be Messiah-like figure, invoking religion, polluting its name, and wrapping…


The question of the hour: How do we stay focused in the era of trolls and beat-red faces? Vital issues lay buried beneath the controversy de jour, as witnessed in a recent deluge of this-can’t-be-happening headlines. While smoke from the Amazon Rain Forest blackened Sao Paulo’s skies …

  • Western leaders…

Note: I preached a sermon on immigration on August 18, 2019, at Saint Paul’s Church in Willington, CT. The oral presentation can be found at the church’s web site .The following is based on the sermon manuscript, from which I often part when speaking in public. …


What do courtiers say when the emperor brags, “I’m wearing no clothes!”? Maybe the reaction speaks volumes about the courtiers.

Jerry Falwell, Jr., did just on that before 72,700 Twitter followers while dogging David Platt, the pastor of Northern Virginia’s McLean Bible Church. Platt dodged verbal crossfire after President Donald…

Chuck Redfern

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