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Author Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson is the Columbus Roberts professor of theology and chair of the Columbus Roberts Department of Religion in the college of liberal arts at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.

A broad segment of US citizens cling to the false notion that the United States is a Christian nation. However, a careful reading of history clearly demonstrates that the idea of a Christian America cannot be supported. […] Read More

The lines between patriotism and nationalism, between faith and civil religion, are exceedingly fine. Some will try to blur the lines and cross over to swaggering nationalism, but faithful patriots must guard the line with care. […] Read More

How does a saint become synonymous with open beer taps, wild dancing and parades? In his early years, St. Patrick reveled in the world. Later, he spent decades in Ireland building bridges between sinners and saints. […] Read More

Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is remembered for its high-note ending, but a closer look reveals most of the speech was more about the nightmare of injustice. […] Read More

With the Advent wreath in storage and the Christmas tree recycled, Epiphany Sunday urges us to abandon the old road of fear, suspicion and exclusion. If our celebrations are more than ritual, we must find another road. […] Read More

Even though Christmas Day is behind us and society has moved on to its next cultural event, the Gospel reminds us the birth of Jesus is only the beginning of a life of growing and maturing in the presence of God. […] Read More

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, in our hurry-up-and-spend world, we still wait. With Elizabeth and Mary, with David and Micah, even with old Abraham and Sarah, we wait for the love within us to be born into our world again. […] Read More

In the company of purple and white candles, the pink candle of joy in the Advent wreath appears to be blushing. It’s a contrast to our culture, which seems to have lost the ability to blush. […] Read More

On the second Sunday of Advent, we are reminded – as followers of the Prince of Peace – that to speak in favor of peace always demands finding a dissenting voice in a hostile world. […] Read More

Globally, there is more uncertainty and anxiety. Old alliances – political and economic – seem to be in flux. Yet, as we enter into Advent, we are encouraged to embrace hope. […] Read More