From the Archives: "Why September 11 is About Vocation"

I wrote this here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home on September 10, 2011: “Love and beauty called you some place higher, somewhere up the stairs, into the fire. –Springsteen, “Into the Fire” “May your strength give us strength May your faith give us faith May your hope give us hope. May your love give us love.” -Springsteen, … Continue reading From the Archives: "Why September 11 is About Vocation"

From the Archives: "Why September 11th is About Vocation"

I published this at The Way of Improvement Leads Home on September 10, 2011. I think it is still relevant.–JF “Love and beauty called you some place higher, somewhere up the stairs, into the fire.” -Springsteen, “Into the Fire” “May your strength give us strength May your faith give us faith May your hope give … Continue reading From the Archives: "Why September 11th is About Vocation"

This Week’s Patheos Column: September 11th, Patriotism, and the Human Spirit

I grew up in northern New Jersey, about thirty miles outside of Manhattan; but on September 11, 2001 I was living in Valparaiso, Indiana. I was a long way from home. I felt helpless. A feeling of homesickness came over me. I wanted to return to the place where I grew up and experience a … Continue reading This Week’s Patheos Column: September 11th, Patriotism, and the Human Spirit

Springsteen and the E Street Band in Chicago (September 1999)

Just released.  Get it here. SET ONE 1.TAKE ‘EM AS THEY COME 05:18 2.THE TIES THAT BIND 03:52 3.THE PROMISED LAND 06:04 4.ADAM RAISED A CAIN 05:30 5.TWO HEARTS 03:44 6.ATLANTIC CITY 06:36 7.MANSION ON THE HILL 04:37 8.INDEPENDENCE DAY 06:03 9.YOUNGSTOWN 06:31 10.MURDER INCORPORATED 06:18 11.BADLANDS 06:55 12.OUT IN THE STREET 06:57 13.TENTH AVENUE … Continue reading Springsteen and the E Street Band in Chicago (September 1999)

On the Road in September and October 2016

It’s going to be a busy couple of months: September 21: I’ll be talking about the revised edition of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? on “The Ride Home with John & Kathy on WORD-FM Pittsburgh September 22: I’ll be giving the Kincaid Lecture at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee: “The Bible in the … Continue reading On the Road in September and October 2016

Take an Online Tour of the New 9-11 Museum in New York City

The New York Times offers a fascinating online tour of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum that will open to the public on May 21, 2014.  Here is a taste: When the twin towers collapsed, multiple floors of concrete, drywall, carpeting and furniture were compressed into single, meteorlike objects. Two of these fragments, known … Continue reading Take an Online Tour of the New 9-11 Museum in New York City

Alterman: Democrats Must Win the Springsteen Vote

Bruce Springsteen’s music appeals to white working people.  It always has and it still does.  But many of the young working-class baby boomers who connected with Springsteen in 1970s and 1980s are no longer young working class men and women.  Many of them are white middle class and upper middle-class folks who can afford to … Continue reading Alterman: Democrats Must Win the Springsteen Vote