Newspaper Columns

Breaking News: There Is A Better Story – July 10, 2020
While emotionalized news creates compelling, even addictive programs that produce lucrative advertising revenue for the networks, their overall effect on individual viewers and collective society is psychologically damaging.

A Letter To My Future Self – May 15, 2020
As you stroll, you’ll notice people and trees and flowers of such beauty that you’ll totally forget what was on your urgent list of tasks to efficiently accomplish. Plus, you’ll become more emotionally connected with your wife as you share what’s on your hearts. Listen to her. Go on the walk. …

Are People Basically Good Or Basically Bad? – March 15, 2020
Most U.S. Presidents call upon the “good of the American people” when making appeals for unity or mission, but Philosopher Immanuel Kant said, “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made.” The Bible says that every human is “created in the image of God” (Genesis 1:27) but also that, as a result of sin, “the hearts of the children of man are full of evil.” (Ecclesiastes 9:3)…

Anxious About College? There’s Hope – November 5, 2019
A child who grows up without such a caring community learns that he or she must fight for survival in some kind of socially Darwinist wasteland. While getting into the best college may appear to be a solution to their understandable anxieties, it often only exacerbates them…

Article: Churches Partner to Sound Forth the Gospel in the Region – June 16, 2019
“The idea of the gospel sounding forth throughout the region is what is animating our collaboration,” said Nathan Hart, senior pastor of Stanwich Church. “We share a belief that the church doesn’t exist solely for ourselves, but for the good of the world. We share a commitment to going beyond our walls, to be the kind of church described in 1 Thessalonians.”

Bringing God to the Soldiers and the Soldiers to God – June 13, 2019
I first met David Borden about three years ago when our church hired him to lead our Stamford initiative. I was immediately drawn to him: he has that rare combination of lighthearted youthfulness and spiritual depth…

The Slave Owner and the Savior – April 26, 2019
I was a teenager when I learned that I am the descendant of a slave owner. I was sitting in my grandparents’ three-story house in Grand Ledge, Michigan, a couple days after my grandpa died…

The Sea Captain and the Savior – March 4, 2019
The story is remarkable as an example of white slaves in Africa during a time when there were over a million black slaves in America. But there’s even more to Riley’s story that makes it remarkable...