by Dr. David Brockman

Photo of the author at the Trinity River, courtesy Eleanor Forfang-Brockman

The Mystery of the Trinity (River)

Sit a while here on the banks of the West Fork of the Trinity River and watch the water flow by on this late October morning. See how the slanting sunlight plays across the ripples in the reflection of the cottonwoods and hackberries and grapevines and elms that cluster along the banks. Feel the cool […]

Matthew.kowal, CC BY-SA 3.0 US , via Wikimedia Commons

A Backyard Walden

In theological terms, we can say that nature transcends the human: It is prior to us and beyond us. Though we are part of it, and it a part of us, Nature is also radically other—vast, impersonal, unconcerned with our petty desires and designs.

A dove
Iruka at the English Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

The day I became a dove

The day I became a dove was a Sunday like many Sundays in my boyhood. Early that September morning, Mom and Dad packed my sister and me into the Chevy for the drive up from Grand Prairie to my grandparents’ place west of Sherman. We always took Texas State Highway 377,  a mostly two-lane strip […]

A statue of former president Donald Trump on display at the merchandise show at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Fear is what that golden Trump statue really has in common with the Golden Calf

Just when it seemed the apotheosis of Donald Trump couldn’t get any more absurd, video surfaced late last month of “an outrageously golden statue” of the former president being wheeled into the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Six feet tall, wearing U.S. flag-themed shorts and holding a copy of the Constitution in one hand […]

Brite Divinity School, the author’s alma mater — and a place where he currently teaches

Letting in the Light from Outside

How learning to appreciate other religions changed my Christian faith — and made it stronger Scandalized: that’s how my 1994 self would feel were he to time-travel to the present and see me guiding students at TCU or Brite Divinity School through the beliefs and practices of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and other religions. It’s a […]