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October 16, 2018
Why Rich People Can’t Get Into the Kingdom of Heaven, and other inconvenient truths
Dear Dr. Morgan: I’m writing to let you know that I won’t be in class...
October 14, 2018
What People of Faith and Atheists Can Agree On
About half way through the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin...
September 30, 2018
Putting Out the Welcome Mat: Who is Welcome at Your Place of Worship?
In her wonderful book Take This Bread, Sara Miles describes a conversation she had with...
September 23, 2018
When an Atheist Finds Out That There is More Than One Kind of Christian
One of the many things that make teaching a rewarding vocation is receiving unsolicited testimonials...
September 16, 2018
The Unexamined Faith Is Not Worth Having
He lived over two millennia ago, and as far as we know he never wrote...
September 13, 2018
The Sun, the Moon, and Prayer
Shortly before the 2013 conclave that would elect him as Pope Francis I, then Cardinal...
September 11, 2018
Seventeen Years Ago Today
Two years ago, the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 fell on a Sunday. The priest of...
September 06, 2018
What the Author Meant May Not Matter
At the beginning of a seminar on the books of Exodus and Job from the...
September 04, 2018
Whatever Prayer Is For, It Isn’t That
A week ago, the small Episcopal church that I frequently attend moved its morning services...
August 19, 2018
Wrestling With the Story
In Lies We Believe Abut God, Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) tells the...
August 14, 2018
Remember You are Dust
I've been thinking about ashes lately. I just finished reading Sara Miles's City of God, a...
August 02, 2018
Although I regularly find myself immersed in things medieval with a bunch of freshmen every...
July 22, 2018
Don’t Be Afraid
I had the opportunity to spend two hours with a young man named Hayden Bruce...
July 15, 2018
What If God and Morality Have Nothing to Do with Each Other?
Is there any true transcendence, or is this idea always a consoling dream projected by...
July 08, 2018
God is Just a Story (and so are we)
Although the name of this blog is “Freelance Christianity,” and it is published on Patheos’...
July 05, 2018
To Whom Do You Belong?
A couple of years ago, my college celebrated its centennial. For Jeanne and me, the...
July 03, 2018
All Things Shall Be Well?
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall...
June 28, 2018
Does Everything Work Together for Good?
Jeanne and I recently had the opportunity to see a local community theater’s production of...
June 19, 2018
Be Careful What You Vote For
An annual musical fixture of my Baptist upbringing was the Easter Cantata. Each year on...
June 17, 2018
When to Be Skeptical, and When to Believe
Once upon a time two explorers came upon a clearing in the jungle. In the...
June 12, 2018
The God of History is an Atheist
Atheism is a purification Simone Weil Former President Obama loved to quote a hopeful statement from...
May 15, 2018
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again. “The Sound of Silence”...
May 10, 2018
The Crooked Timber of Faith
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. Immanuel Kant...
May 06, 2018
What Christians Get Wrong About Jesus
Historical Christianity has fallen into the error that corrupts all attempts to communicate religion ....
May 01, 2018
Taking a Moral Holiday
So here we are, a year and a half since Donald Trump was elected President....
April 22, 2018
How Do I Get There?–A Reflection for Good Shepherd Sunday
Tomorrow is "Good Shepherd Sunday," including the 23rd Psalm--a text so familiar that it is...
April 17, 2018
The Best Story Ever
In the aftermath of Easter, Christians often enjoy retelling various stories about Jesus from the...
April 12, 2018
Just the Facts
I drove past a billboard not long ago that raised my blood pressure a bit....
March 27, 2018
A Holy Week Reflection: Why Doctrine and Faith Don’t Mix
Holy Week is upon us once again—as good a time as any to step back...
March 22, 2018
Morality By The Skin Of Your Teeth
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