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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.

We are in a coronavirus exile. Will we set aside our claims to privilege and instead identify with those who are suffering? Solidarity with the suffering always is the first step toward liberation, redemption and renewal. […] Read More

Lent is more than remembering the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem. It begins with Abram and continues with the story of the migration of covenant people over 1,500 years. Lent is about a journey to the far country. Will you go? […] Read More

He wasn’t the first to say it, but Martin Luther King popularized the phrase that “the arc of the moral universe … bends toward justice.” For justice to prevail, people who hope for justice must become and be advocates for it. […] Read More

As we strive to seek peace, the global strife around us can make us apprehensive that peace can ever be attained. How do we balance our idealism and our realism? This Advent, the life of Edward Hicks may give us some direction. […] Read More

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