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October 21, 2018
The Chapel and the Man Cave: Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Intellect
About a month ago I received an email from my friend Marsue, brief and to...
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 11, 2018
How to Live Autumn
Autumn is my favorite season, and October is my favorite month. This is not surprising...
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 05, 2018
Professional Wrestling, the Liberal Agenda, and Jesus
One of my many fond memories of my sons’ youth was our early Saturday morning...
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 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 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 09, 2018
Right-Brain Faith in a Left-Brain World
At age thirty-seven, Harvard trained brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor woke up one morning with...
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...
September 03, 2018
It’s Labor Day–What is YOUR Labor Worth?
It's Labor Day--an opportunity for each of us to reflect on the value of our...
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 23, 2018
Getting Over Original Sin
Last Tuesday, on the sixth anniversary of my blog, I posted my first blog post--an...
August 12, 2018
I Didn’t Make This Stuff Up
During the three years that I lived in Milwaukee while completing my Ph.D. studies at...
August 07, 2018
The Most Profoundly Religious Statement of All: “I Don’t Know”
Let me tell you here first, “trust in God” has never floated my boat as...
July 24, 2018
What I Learned About My Faith When I Visited Cuba
Fifteen years ago, I was part of a group of a dozen or so academics...
July 17, 2018
Expecting to Find Light
We are not simply made by God—we are made of God Julian of Norwich I...
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 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 25, 2018
You Don’t Have to Believe Everything You Think
I have grown weary of trying to understand the unquestioning support that Donald Trump receives...
June 23, 2018
Is America a Christian Nation? Should It Be?
A question that is almost guaranteed to start an argument in some circles goes to...
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 14, 2018
Lessons Learned From a Blackberry Bush
A few years ago, Jeanne returned from a weekend with a friend in Vermont with...
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