At the Intersections: The Sacred Feminine, Medieval Style

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Many good people live and work at the intersections, and I occasionally invite someone to tell a story from where they stand. Today’s piece comes from Lisa Deam, scholar of art and the history of the middle ages.  I met Lisa when we were both postdoctoral fellows in the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts, [Read More...]

Reza Aslan Is Not A Zealot, Jesus Was


You might have already seen Reza Aslan interviewed via any number of media outlets in recent weeks to talk about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus.  It was the interview on Fox News, though, that catapulted the book to the number one spot on  Specifically, when host Lauren Green asked: [Read More...]

The Most Interesting Chapter in the Bible

Matthew 1:1-17. Yes, it’s a genealogy. Yes, these are the parts of the biblical text that I tell students they can skip reading, since they’re what I call the “yada yada yada” of the bible.  The author’s way of saying:  time passes, stuff happens, let’s move on. But if you remember Seinfeld as I do, [Read More...]

Why Incarnation?

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“The Lutheran maxim that the finite bears the infinite (finitum capax infiniti) is an incarnational and sacramental summary of this good news. Indeed the good news of Christmas is that the Word is born into the flesh of all creation.”  This statement frames my answer to the latest #progGOD question:  Why an Incarnation?  What does [Read More...]

Seriously, Where’s Jesus?


A friend and local business owner posted this picture with a half-furious comment on Facebook yesterday:  “Seriously?! Who steals Jesus?!”  The baby Jesus had been stolen from one of the nativity scenes on display in her very lovely fair trade store, Just Good Trade: The comments that followed from her creative and wise friends were [Read More...]

Getting Theological: Jesus as Christ


In a comment responding to my first post in this series, Getting Theological, someone gently chastised me for not talking enough about Jesus or the bible.  I’m sure that what I have to say about Jesus (and the bible) won’t satisfy some people either. I’ll write more about my view and use of the bible [Read More...]