God in My Gut

If God isn’t going to speak to me with a voice or in a dream or the clear movement of the Spirit, my gut is all I’ve got. [Read more…]

My Christmas Pageant Moment

This post was originally published on the Episcopal Café web site on January 21, 2010, and has been reprinted in my church bulletin for several Christmases. When I wrote it, my kids were much smaller, Christmas Eve more challenging as we aimed to do all the important things—prepare food, pick up those last few groceries—while shepherding three [Read More…]

Redefining “Fruitful”: Is Procreation a Divine Mandate?

I have an article in the latest issue of Sojourners magazine, looking at fresh theology questioning the oh-so-American notion that traditional nuclear families consisting of a heterosexual couple and biological or adopted children is God’s ideal. What if, in fact, the New Testament undermines the primacy of biological family, rather than holding it up as ideal? What [Read More…]

Spotlight: A Film About Devotion to Truth, the Church, and a God Who Shows Up in Unexpected Places

Of the many remarkable things about the new film Spotlight, the most remarkable is that this moving, engrossing, occasionally thrilling movie is mostly about a bunch of people—a team of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe known as “Spotlight”— going to work and doing their jobs. The filmmakers and actors draw us into the quiet drama [Read More…]

Big Gifts of a Small Life: Meeting God in Sticky Floors, Carpools, & the Needy People I Call My Own

We must believe that it’s necessary to go on with small acts of daily care even as the world seems to spin out of control. [Read more…]

A Theology of Radical Attachment: Finding God in Clutter & Strawberries, Long Walks & Big Rocks

While our messy attachments to people, places and things sometimes complicate and distract, they also remind us of who we are and who God is, binding us to this wild, wonderful creation and the One who made it. The Christian faith invites us to practice a radical attachment to God’s great gifts of our bodies, our relationships, the natural world, the places that we call home—to the stuff of life. [Read more…]

Why I’m Still a Christian

I’m still a Christian because the Biblical story speaks to my deepest needs, longings, pleasures, and pains. I’m still a Christian because the Biblical story communicates a world view that makes sense to me. I’m still a Christian because the Biblical story affirms five core beliefs that I see at work in my life, in humankind, and in the world. [Read more…]

Why “What Would Jesus Do?” Isn’t Exactly the Right Question

In college, my favorite professor assigned Charles Sheldon’s 1896 classic In His Steps when we were covering the Social Gospel in an American religious history class. In His Steps is a novel about a minister in an East Coast town who, after being shamed by his own failure to respond compassionately to a jobless wanderer, [Read More…]