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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.

Soon after I arrived in Liberia at Ricks Institute for the first time in February 2007, I learned “small, small.” The lesson still evokes my emotion. When I arrived, the wars were fresh memories and evidence of the conflict was ubiquitous. The road from the airport through Monrovia over Bushrod Island and on to Ricks […] Read More

Last week Barack Obama did two remarkable things. First he risked speaking directly to the reality of racism in America and American history. Obama framed his remarks with his signature phrase of “the audacity of hope.” He claimed that his populist candidacy for the presidency is proof that audacious hope has a place in today’s […] Read More

Easter Shadows

Our Lenten journey is over. Our pilgrimage of faith merely has reached a resting place. Season by season–Advent, Epiphany, Lent, Easter–we move through many journeys. Taken together they define our pilgrimage of faith. Each Sunday we celebrate the hope of Easter, gathering in the morning of the first day of the week to recall how […] Read More

Discipleship is about more than following a leader, even if that leader is Jesus as he enters the wilderness or sets his face toward Jerusalem. Walking through Lent is about more than a ritual stroll in springtime, even if that stroll has Easter celebration as its destination. Discipleship and walking through Lent should set our […] Read More

Lent rarely evokes images of extravagance. Lent conjures up images of austerity. The challenge of Lent is to make an arduous journey of the spirit in hopes that the journey will change the mundane parts of our lives, too. Lent is not–or should not be–a time for spiritual self-indulgence where observers congratulate themselves for sacrifices. […] Read More

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