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Russell E. Saltzman is a former Lutheran pastor, transitioning to the Roman Catholic Church. en-usCopyright 2016 First Things. All Rights Reserved.firstname.lastname@example.org (The Editors)email@example.com (The Editors)Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:24:00 -0400https://d25wp47b6tla3u.cloudfront.net/img/favicon-196.pngFirst Things RSS Feed Image
60Goldwater Déjà vuhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/08/goldwater-dj-vu
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 06:00:00 -0400In 1964, my maternal grandfather flabbergasted his entire family and astonished parts of the civilized world by casting his ballot for Barry Goldwater for President of the United States, against Lyndon Johnson.
How To Live on $8.90 an Hourhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/06/how-to-live-on-890-an-hour
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0400Deciding that I needed to get out more, I went looking for a job. I wasn’t expecting an executive position, as the
Jim Croce song
has it, but it didn’t seem out of the question that I would find something befitting my experience, age, innate dignity, winsome ways, fair looks, bad knees, and dapper wardrobe selections from second-hand clothing stores. So I got an hourly job where a seventeen-year old girl was my training coach.
Thu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400My oldest son once spent a summer on staff at a Scout reservation. Underneath his tent platform lived a family of skunks. They would amble by, mama and her kits (baby skunks are kits, as baby goats are kids), with nary a hint of animosity and rarely a spark of curiosity.
]]>Why I Won't Boycott Targethttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/05/why-i-wont-boycott-target
Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0400The man to whom I was pastor, 1988 thereabouts, owned and operated an Amoco service station (long before it became BP Amoco). To his surprise he learned the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), to which he belonged, along with several mainline denominations, had called for a boycott of Amoco products and stations.
]]>On Not Being Seventyhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/04/on-not-being-seventy
Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400For the longest moment driving home two days ago, I was convinced that my next birthday, then just days away, would be my seventieth.
]]>Sure, Tell Peter Toohttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/04/sure-tell-peter-too
Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0400The message the women heard from the “young man” is found in St. Mark (16:5-8). Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome carried their spices to the tomb, thinking to anoint the body of Jesus. Apparently, none of them gave much thought to removing the stone from the entrance, except to fret about who might be enlisted to do it.
]]>A Community Pledged in the Spirithttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/03/a-community-pledged-in-the-spirit
Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0400Mulling my Lenten way through the Apostles’ Creed, I have come to see that in defining what we do not believe, we come to know better what we do believe. While the Creed
summarizes what Christians believe, it equally fences out what we
do not believe. I have been walking the fence line, seeing what there is to see on the other side.
]]>What the Church Does Not Believehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/03/what-the-church-does-not-believe
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0500This Lent has me digging through the Apostle’s Creed. Viewed in a certain direction, it not only says what we believe; it lets us in on what we do not believe.
]]>What We Do Not Believe Is What We Believehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/02/what-we-do-not-believe-is-what-we-believe
Thu, 25 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500I’m spending time this Lent with the Creed. I hadn’t gotten further than the first sentence before remembering something St. Peter said.
]]>An Imposition of Asheshttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/02/an-imposition-of-ashes
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 00:00:00 -0500Just lately from the forest and after a short time on the savannah, humanity acquired a sense of self. We awakened one morning, so it seems, and if we did not know who we were we at least knew we were not like the animals. We knew we died and the animals did not.