Europe

Ancient Church Bells Tolling

“We’re the most tolerant society in the world here,” said the taxi driver as I made my way from the train station to my hotel. He seemed friendly, dressed in old clothes with a shaggy beard and a tattered cap turned backwards on his head.  I decided to ask him something about the Netherlands and Amsterdam, the port city on […]

The Lost Chalice

Written somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean… The church bell rang out loudly, like a glorious sound, over the hillside of this historic town.  I heard it proudly ringing across the water that separated my hotel from the city square.   For my European colleague who lives in Amsterdam, it was a normal sound, signaling the noon hour – time for lunch. […]

Playing at Atheism

Perhaps you’ve heard about a successful campaign sponsored by some atheists in Europe to put placards on the sides of buses propagating the anti-God point of view.  The signs displayed in and around London and Genoa read “The Bad News is There is No God; The Good News is You Don’t Need Him.”  This is just the latest in a […]

Seeing the Scandal with Biblical Eyes

Once again we’re living in scandal times. The “Long Lent” that the American church endured in 2002 has now descended on the European church. A significant difference is that this time the Pope himself has come under scrutiny. Once again, the news media are in a frenzy – CNN has blanket coverage, the New York Times is running daily stories, […]

The Hour is Late

Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please?  Put down the birth control.  You heard me.  Put it down and walk away. I don’t like to be harsh, but the hour is late. The citizens of many countries belong on the endangered species because they are dying out.  Never before in the history of the world have so many […]