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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.

The Audacity of Hope

‘Tis the season for audacity. As Christians around the world enter the season of Advent we embrace hope. In a world hell-bent on immediate gratification with its attendant impatience Christians will light a simple candle, the Candle of Hope, on the first Sunday of Advent. As the world around us clamors for the now–-which always […] Read More

The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is the often-neglected day of Holy Week. “Dark Saturday” it is sometimes called and, like its name, it is a day that tends to get lost in the shadows. The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is the often-neglected day of Holy Week. “Dark Saturday” it […] Read More

Last week many Americans learned a new word: dissemble. The person who introduced the good word was our president, George W. Bush. In a May 31 press conference where the president addressed Amnesty International’s damning commentary on recent U.S. treatment of prisoners Mr. Bush said, “It seemed like to me they based some of their […] Read More

The wind of controversy over the influences of science and religion are swirling, again. In Cobb County, Ga., folks on both sides of the debate are hoping that they might inherit the wind and use it to blow away their opponents. That probably won’t happen anytime soon, but there is good reason to wonder if […] Read More

“You know,” the young man across the table said, “American Christians are oppressed, too.” When I asked him to explain he simply said, “By your culture.” Then he picked up his chopsticks and returned to his bowl of rice and chicken and vegetables. He, his wife, and I were sitting in a modest Chinese restaurant […] Read More

The death of Carl F. H. Henry on Dec. 7, 2003, marked the end of a chapter, but not the end of the book. The book, which could be entitled The Origins and Influence of the NeoEvangelical Movement, still is being written. Once finished, the book will tell a story that is cultural, theological, and […] Read More

Marking Time

What do a Hebrew poet, a Roman deity, and a Garth Brooks song have in common? The Hebrew poet is the writer of Ecclesiastes (also called Qoheleth). The Roman deity is Janus, the keeper of gates and doorways who is remembered in the name of the first month of the year, January, the gateway month […] Read More

Among all of the songs of the season, “O Little Town of Bethlehem” surely will be among the most frequently sung this weekend. The hymn may also be the one with the greatest honesty of all the tunes associated with Christmas. Phillips Brooks got it just right in the first stanza: O little town of […] Read More

Forgiveness Is Hard Work

“Forgive and forget,” the old saying goes. It is not possible. Things that urgently plead for forgiveness are the same things that cannot be forgotten. The need for forgiveness announces that something happened that will be hard to forget. Old wounds remain tender and always are vulnerable to bursting open again as new wounds. Both […] Read More

Mention of Harry Emerson Fosdick usually brings to mind his very public role in the fundamentalist-modernist controversy that rattled Protestant America early in the 1920s. In 1918 Fosdick accepted the position as preaching minister at the First Presbyterian Church of New York City, a new church formed through the merger of three congregations.   He […] Read More