November 22, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

During 9/11, I was in northwest China, so I don’t know what life was like in the USA in the days immediately after. However, I have sensed first-hand the grip of fear on our nation following the tragedy in Paris. The fear is all too real, almost material. Searing events create their own wakes of…

September 21, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

“You’ve no idea where these people have come from. They’ve come from hell.” So said a Czech volunteer working among Syrian refugees in Croatia. In the news this weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry said that President Obama would up the annual intake of refugees to 100,000 by 2017. Why so low, I ask. I…

August 30, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

We returned to an empty nest – er, house – this afternoon. Dropped our youngest into the loving care of Northwest University. In Kirkland across the lake from Seattle. Three hours north. After two years of faithfully slugging it out at a local community college, Hannah’s going to the school of her dreams. She’s had…

July 17, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

When I lived in China, I was deeply impressed with the sight of Christians as they left church on Sundays. Most of the worshippers were elderly and extremely poor themselves, and yet they freely gave alms to those less fortunate, actually coming prepared to give. Similar almsgiving occurred over at the mosques on Fridays. The…

April 12, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

Tomorrow morning I am going to speak to some dear friends about how we can face our doubts. I am going to tell them that we do so by being honest about our doubts, by living out our faith in unity with one another, and by breaking down socio-economic and other barriers that divide us….

March 29, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

I don’t really remember the day I was born, but I know it was April 17, 1955. Well, I don’t really know except that my parents told me I was born on that date. It is on my birth certificate, and why else would I choose that date to celebrate my birthday? Nikita Khrushchev is…

March 22, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

I’ve had some interesting conversations lately with – what shall I label them? – nonbelievers. By nonbelievers, I mean people for whom religion, at least as we traditionally think of it, is not a part of life. Some of these nonbelievers self-identify as atheists, others as agnostics or some odd mix, still others don’t even…

March 15, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

Several years ago, I descended into a prolonged period of depression.  “Descending” is exactly what it felt like – sliding down a steep, increasingly narrow and seemingly bottomless hole. Those years were my “forty days” in the wilderness when everything that had been certain in my life was shaken. My mega-Lenten season when meaning and…

March 8, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

There is a very real temptation among some “truer” believers to see the living out of faith as somehow dangerous. That by meeting the needs of the poor as an act of faith, for example, we miss Jesus himself. Faith in Jesus Christ is more than just doing good. But it is also more than…

March 1, 2015 Howard Kenyon No comments exist

Three days each week, he gets up in the middle of the night so he can ride his wheelchair to the bus stop in time to be at work across town at 6:30 in the morning. Then he reverses that route some 10-12 hours later. His pay? The reward of knowing people by the thousands…