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October 18, 2018
Does a Christian Have to be Certain About Anything?
If we remembered that water takes its color from the vessel containing it, we would...
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...
October 09, 2018
Call Her “Doctor”–She’s Earned It (and so have I)
According to the gospel accounts, Jesus had little regard for traditional honorifics, titles, or the...
October 07, 2018
It Don’t Matter
It's been a rough couple of months at our house, as two members of the...
October 02, 2018
Doctor Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the Book of Proverbs
A couple of Sundays ago, it was my turn to be lector at the Episcopal...
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 02, 2018
Remembering John McCain: How to Move Past a Season of Cowardice
While the President of the United States tweeted his usual string of petty Saturday morning...
August 30, 2018
Is Planet Earth a Loser?
My youngest son was born in 1981 and grew up as Americans began, for the...
August 28, 2018
Happy New Year! The First Day of Classes
Today is the first full class day of the semester at my college. Everyone has...
August 26, 2018
Taking Our Country Back
One of my favorite staff writers for The New Yorker is Rebecca Mead; she’s been...
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 13, 2018
What the Scots Think Of Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom is underway—something that makes me very happy that...
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 14, 2018
Lessons Learned From a Blackberry Bush
A few years ago, Jeanne returned from a weekend with a friend in Vermont with...
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...
June 10, 2018
What Do You Do When No One Is Watching?
Hey Justin! What if you had a ring that made you invisible when you put...
June 07, 2018
I Pardon You
Pardons are in the news, particularly Presidential pardons. Presidential pardons are nothing new, and everyone...
May 30, 2018
“America First” is a Theological Heresy
Memorial Day week is a time for solemn remembrance. It also tends to be a...
May 24, 2018
Ruining the Christian Brand
In “Slander,” from her latest collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, Marilynne Robinson...
May 01, 2018
Taking a Moral Holiday
So here we are, a year and a half since Donald Trump was elected President....
April 19, 2018
A Liberal and a Christian Walk Into a Bar . . .
Not long ago, The Atlantic published an article by Emma Green entitled “Democrats Have a...
April 10, 2018
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. Shakespeare, King Lear This week,...
April 05, 2018
Jesus and Karl Marx walk into a bar . . .
We should read the New Testament as saying that how we treat each other on...
March 13, 2018
Dr. Seuss, an Unborn Child, and Why Each Of Us Matters
Dr. Seuss was a regular in our house when my sons were young—my thirty-something sons...
March 09, 2018
Do I (Still) Really Hate Donald Trump?
Last Sunday's gospel gives us John's version of Jesus "going Brooklyn" on the moneychangers in...
February 18, 2018
So Much Good. So Much Evil. Just Add Water
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