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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.

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

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 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