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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 Glimpse of the End

Long journeys repeated time and again develop a certain character. We get accustomed to terrain and landmarks. We develop a sense of the passing of time. We even come to expect fatigue and refreshment. Fatigue sets in when we begin to wonder if we can finish the journey. Refreshment lifts our spirits when we glimpse […] Read More

Whether we envision ourselves entering the wilderness with Jesus as he faced his temptations or following him on his journey toward Jerusalem, the path is demanding. Nearly three weeks into the journey, which is not quite halfway, our readings capitalize upon the beginnings of fatigue that may weigh down our soul. The Lenten path is […] Read More

Our Lenten journey corresponds to the lengthening of days now that the rotation of the earth around the sun has given our planet a new orientation toward our mother star whose light and heat makes life possible. Our forebears knew well about increasing minutes of light as spring approaches. The very word “Lent” comes from […] Read More

Our Moveable Feast

With Ash Wednesday behind us and Jerusalem before us we are pilgrims once more. The traditions of the Church have nudged us out of places of comfort and put us on yet another journey to Jerusalem in hopes of learning and experiencing more of what it means to follow Jesus. The irony of Lent is […] Read More

Early this morning some men in top hats and tuxedos pulled a groundhog from a plush burrow in Punxsutawney, Pa. In the glare of cameras, the leader of the group pronounced whether or not “Phil” had seen his shadow. “No” meant an early spring. “Yes” warned of another six weeks of winter. Or so goes […] Read More

Finding Another Road

The month of Advent anticipations and the 12 days of Christmas celebrations have come and gone. The Advent wreath is in storage and the Christmas tree has been recycled. Now comes the important and hard work of making our observations meaningful. If what we have been doing for the last eight weeks–awaiting the Christ and […] Read More

White Christmas

For the last month Bing Crosby, the quintessential crooner, has been treating us to “White Christmas” almost everywhere we turned. We heard him in grocery stores, shopping centers, elevators, and even when we were put on “hold” after calling places too busy to talk to us. Let’s give “der Bingle,” as the Germans call him, […] Read More

The Subtlety of Love

Americans are notorious for their holiday extravagance. Some theorists even suggest that holiday spending is a solid way to gauge the health or sluggishness of our nation’s economy. In related veins some see willingness to spend, spend, spend during the holidays as a sign of patriotism at most or civic loyalty at least. “Buy American […] Read More

The Sheepishness of Joy

Take a long, thoughtful look at the Advent Wreath as you approach it on the third Sunday of the season. The Candle of Joy appears to be blushing. The deep purples of the Candles of Hope, Peace and Love give an added starkness to the pink of the Candle of Joy. Approach the Candle of […] Read More

To speak in favor of peace always is to find a dissenting voice. There are in our generation peace protests and war rallies. World-wide more encourage war than protest for peace. Things have not changed much. Even casual observers of history–all of human history–will note that peace protestors always stand in a minority against those […] Read More