“What Is Truth?”

by Elizabeth McLean

“What is truth?” Pilate asks Jesus in the Gospel of John.  Was it a sincere question or a snarky one?  No one really knows. One Christian tradition, which tried to redeem Pilate in the years after the resurrection, argues that it was a sincere inquiry.  But historians, who have found evidence that Pilate was a […]

What Beautiful Eyes You Have!

by Elizabeth McLean

Six months ago when conflicts and violence were on the rise in Europe because of the huge influx of Syrian refugees and other immigrants trying to escape war, Amnesty International conducted an experiment.  Building on the work of psychologist Arthur Aron, who discovered twenty years ago that four minutes of gazing into another person’s eyes […]

“Those Aren’t Your Sandals”

by Elizabeth McLean

When I went to seminary, I was thirty years old. I had spent my twenties working as a lawyer in Ohio, living in a house, acquiring furniture, dear friends and a cat. So when God called me to leave all of that to go back east for three more years of graduate school in order […]

“The Narrow Way”

by Elizabeth McLean

Confession time: during my summer vacation this year, which included two Sundays, I did not attend church.  I know some may be shocked that a pastor would skip church. Most pastors I know take the opportunity during their vacations to visit churches other than their own, to enjoy the experience of worshiping without leading, and […]

Giants of the Earth

by Elizabeth McLean

A couple of weeks ago I went with my son to see the new Stephen Spielberg movie, “The BFG,” which is based upon the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl about a big, friendly giant (BFG). The BFG kidnaps a small orphaned girl named Sophie for self-protective reasons; but instead of being afraid of him, […]

“Truth or Consequences”

by Elizabeth McLean

As the world continues to reel from England’s decision to leave the European Union, news agencies are reporting that more and more British citizens are reeling too, including those who voted in favor of “Brexit.”  It seems that many never expected that their nation would actually act on their votes. They wanted to protest something. […]

No More Scapegoating

by Elizabeth McLean

“The world is going to pot and it’s all their fault.  Oh you know who I’m talking about.  You’ve seen what they’ve done to the economy.  You know how they are promoting the wrong values.  Unless and until we do something about them, our future is doomed and it’s only a matter of time before […]

What’s In Your CV?

by Elizabeth McLean

  Recently, Johannes Haushofer, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University published his CV.   It was not the one that says he has multiple Ph.D.’s from prestigious institutions like the University of Zurich and Harvard, however. It was not the one that listed his nine academic awards, thirty-three published works and pages […]

Love is patient…

by Elizabeth McLean

“Love is patient, love is kind….” Love is having to write your name on 30 3-inch pieces of cardboard? Valentine’s Day is over, which means in my home we can finally breathe a sigh of relief that this year’s school- imposed Valentine’s Day torment is also over. Yes, I confess that I am a Valentine’s […]

The Politics Of Faith

by Elizabeth McLean

Which came first, your political views or your faith? In the election process to date, notwithstanding the separation of Church and State under our nation’s Constitution, the subject of faith has already been raised repeatedly by multiple political candidates. They like to use the language of faith to court votes, pulling out isolated biblical phrases […]