The Law in a world of Laws

In The Mind of the Maker, Dorothy Sayers makes some clarifying distinctions about “law” and “laws”. She speaks of laws that are based on consensus, contrasted with laws rooted in nature of things . The second are generally learned by observation and subject to the test of an if/then clause. If an apple is released […]


In translating 1 Timothy, I came an attribute necessary to those in Christian leadership- they should be “xenophiles.” This is generally translated “hospitable” but we might better say, “a lover of the stranger”. In the ancient Jewish context, the “stranger” usually refers to one from beyond our borders and culture. In today’s political atmosphere that […]