Monthly Archives: September 2011

Apocryphal Baby B.

My older brother has six children with his wife, three boys and three girls, and although the youngest girl is no longer the baby of that sizable family, we still call her Baby B. My niece indulges us in this, but it is worth noting that she herself is a spiritual adept and has been from a very young age. Really, all of her siblings are wonderful kids, decent and principled and considerate. Children with a lot of siblings learn fairly early on that they have to make elaborate negotiations to get through life, so they develop certain strategies around that. Continue reading

Angels: A Retraction

Like many a minister, I’ve preached some very fine sermons that I can no longer recall and some roundly mediocre ones that I cannot seem to forget. Yet there is only one I truly regret delivering, not because it was rotten or wordy or diffuse but rather, because it was just wrong. I remember this sermon often, with a curious admixture of mortification and gratitude. Certain kinds of mistakes can be real gifts, if we receive them in the right spirit. Continue reading