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November 07, 2012
Learning to Talk Like Tina Fey
Today I read a review of Rachel Held Evans’ A Year of Biblical Womanhood, her...
October 30, 2012
Why, Today, I Am Still a Protestant
Tomorrow is Reformation Day, the day on which, 495 years ago Martin Luther posted his...
September 17, 2012
Trinitarian Spirituality, 23: A Christ Sighting
“We want to see Jesus,” they said (Jn. 12.21). This request, from a group of...
March 01, 2012
Fallen Threads I Will Not Search For
I HATE losing things. We all do, of course. Such losses are in turn...
February 23, 2012
The Vanities of Lent
“We urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” (2 Cor. 6.1) As...
October 04, 2011
Sin, History, and the False Self
God doesn’t give us much time to enjoy Eden. Two chapters of wonder and creative...
August 12, 2011
Coexisting in Tyre and Sidon
The lectionary reading for this coming Sunday is from the Gospel of Matthew, 15.21-28...
August 08, 2011
Rebuild My Church
As many of you may know, my passion is the Church -- its unity, its...
July 29, 2011
You’ve Got Mail: Forward or Perish
There isn’t much in scripture that seems to indicate Our Lord will be using my...
July 26, 2011
Real Transformation or a Pleasant Experience?
Today I ran across an interesting commentary on the quick fixes churches apply to the...
July 25, 2011
Vision: A Creedal Reflection on Psalm 10
“Why, O Lord, do you stand off? Why do you hide yourself in times of...
July 22, 2011
Beer Brewing and Carpentry
This week a handful of us had a lively conversation about Dorothy Sayers’ “Why Work?”...
July 21, 2011
It’s not like I was a frequent customer. Its absence doesn’t directly affect me at...
July 20, 2011
Waving the White Flag
After a long while in the spiritual life, most of us come to the point...
July 19, 2011
An Ancient Radical
The bones drying on the shelves ... not so different from the valley of dry...
July 18, 2011
Sometimes it seems that Christians of every stripe get more energy from differentiating themselves from...
February 10, 2011
The Peculiar Society: Our Christian Memory
When we study the beginnings of the Church, we face first of all the shock...
February 02, 2011
“Woman, you have great faith!”: Our Christian Memory
Whenever I teach a survey of Church history, I include at the very beginning some...
September 20, 2010
The Taxi to Hell
I caught an episode of “The Apprentice” this weekend. Sixteen hopefuls lined up respectfully and...
September 03, 2010
Doubt ~ “Could Be Wrong … but I Don’t Think So.” (Third time’s the charm.)
I don’t know anything at all about hunting pheasant. But I can imagine myself in...
July 11, 2010
Doubt: “Just the Facts, Ma’am” – Second Thoughts
The show’s dramatic theme song prepped the audience for a thrill; the deep voice announced...
May 06, 2010
Doubt, the Great Jeopardy? — First Blush
Doubt is on my mind. It really feels like an autumn topic, I think –...
March 19, 2010
The season always starts out with such zeal. About two days into it, I’m beginning...
February 17, 2010
Ashes and Guilt by Association
I walked into the noon service today, and felt a great sense of comfort at...
January 21, 2010
On Earthquakes and Providence
Normal days beg no explanations. Daily life asks no questions that the newspapers, Internet, or...
November 24, 2009
Gratitude — a Risky Business
November is the month of Thanksgiving. We’ve exorcised our Halloween personas and we’re suspended between...
November 09, 2009
God Is Great
Some witnesses to last week’s massacre at Fort Hood say that the shooter cried “Allahu...
July 22, 2009
Private Vice, Public Benefit? A Short and Selective History of Greed
How serendipitous for the Democratic party that the economic collapse is happening so happily under...
July 10, 2009
Tripping the Light Fantastic
I ran across this phrase when it ended up being the answer to a crossword...
June 29, 2009
Requiem for Truth?
Truth, it seems, has fallen on hard times. I Googled “truth” and the first entry...
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