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May 01, 2017
Reading a List of the Names of People Who Lived a Long, Long Time Ago and Being Inspired By It
Today I read 1 Chronicles 2, which is nothing more than a list of names...
April 17, 2017
Sweeter Far Thy Face to See: An Easter Reflection, John 20.1-18
The Risen Christ Appearing to Mary Magdalene, Rembrandt Oh Jesus! To collapse in grief, in the...
March 02, 2017
Alternative Lenten Disciplines (Not for Everyone)
We need to get creative about our Lenten disciplines. The annual giving-up-chocolate-for-Lent is a fairly...
February 01, 2016
Would You Rather Find Jesus Alive or Dead?
In the upcoming movie Risen, billed as a story about "the manhunt that changed the...
January 26, 2016
Where Does (Your) Faith Come From?
Working as I do in the wood between the worlds of religion, I am...
December 17, 2015
Considering Wheaton’s Actions: Sympathetic or Simplistic?
Larycia Hawkins, employed by my alma mater, has stirred up a hornets’ nest of political,...
September 24, 2015
Take a Spiritual Holiday
This week, I had an unusual conversation with an old friend. We had met over...
August 31, 2015
Loving Bartholomew, the Nobody
“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the...
August 24, 2015
Examining the Call of Women to Christian Leadership
If we accept N.T. Wright’s description of the gospel in Simply Good News—as good news...
August 17, 2015
To Be Patient Is to Be Free
For many who have come from a middle-class American Evangelical background with solid, godly roots,...
March 18, 2015
Jesus Loves Us Down to Our Toes: A Maundy Thursday Reflection
In the Gospel of John, the focus on the Passover meal as described in the...
October 31, 2014
How to Be a (Better) Protestant in Five Easy Steps
Reformation Day doesn’t make me giddy, but it does afford me the opportunity to think...
September 24, 2013
Cancer and Divine Immanence
Last week I read Michael Hannon’s reflection on “Cancer and Divine Transcendence” and simply could...
September 05, 2013
A Single Great Prayer
He prays unceasingly who combines prayer with necessary duties and duties with prayer. Only in...
August 26, 2013
A Traveler’s Song
I am deeply appreciative of the contributions of some powerful contemporary Christian authors (like N.T....
August 15, 2013
“It is always what I have already said: always the wish that you may find...
August 06, 2013
We Are Saved by a Work
I’ve been pondering a troublesome passage—James’ harangue about works (James 2.18-26). It’s not a passage...
July 29, 2013
Expiration Date: A Short Story
This is an experiment. This is only an experiment. If this were not an experiment,...
July 01, 2013
Mean St. Francis
I’ve never seen a St. Francis statue like the one that sits in our back...
May 23, 2013
A Trilogy of Celebrations: 1 + 1 + 1
As a child, I only got two religious holidays—Christmas and Easter—and even then, they were...
May 01, 2013
My House: God’s Favorite Place on Earth
(A Book Review) “Living after you have died is strange.” So Lazarus tells us. An...
April 16, 2013
Becoming Neo-Pascalian: The First Step of Make-Believe Faith
We are left with this all-important question: how do we get faith? How do we...
April 09, 2013
Making Room for the In-Laws
Marriage is the ultimate melting pot. Unless you’re one of those whose families knew each...
April 02, 2013
Easter: Tripping Over Joy
The Easter season has only just begun. It will go on for another seven weeks,...
March 19, 2013
Loving Mrs. Turpin, Loving the Grotesque
If I were less ordinary, reading Flannery O’Connor would be more fun. As it is,...
February 27, 2013
(One of) My History Hang-ups
Any Star Trek fans out there? The Original Series? Do you remember the episode called...
January 24, 2013
I Can Speak Whale: Interrupted by Moby-Dick
Pascal by day, but Melville by night. No wonder I can’t get a New Year’s...
December 11, 2012
The darkness of December weighs heavily. Despite the glories of living in Colorado, with its...
November 28, 2012
According to a Certain Studious Old Man, Objects in Mirror Are Closer than They Appear
I read the Psalms, and I imagine you do too. Many read the Psalms when...
November 14, 2012
Thanksgiving, Sin, and Naming the Hunger
My Catholic friends reassure me that I know nothing about guilt. They are experts. The...
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