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October 11, 2018
How to Live Autumn
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September 25, 2018
Obsessed with the Apocalypse
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September 20, 2018
Calling God Back to the Mountain
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September 18, 2018
Is it THE truth, or is it MY truth?
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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...
August 26, 2018
Taking Our Country Back
One of my favorite staff writers for The New Yorker is Rebecca Mead; she’s been...
August 19, 2018
Wrestling With the Story
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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 10, 2018
God’s Works Are as Good as We Make Them
God would have us know that we must live as people who manage our lives...
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 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 19, 2018
Be Careful What You Vote For
An annual musical fixture of my Baptist upbringing was the Easter Cantata. Each year on...
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...
May 24, 2018
Ruining the Christian Brand
In “Slander,” from her latest collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, Marilynne Robinson...
May 22, 2018
Why the Liberal Arts Matter
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough was the speaker at Providence College's Commencement exercises...
May 08, 2018
The Lord Be With You . . .
What is the best way to get the attention of a bunch of Episcopalians? I...
May 06, 2018
What Christians Get Wrong About Jesus
Historical Christianity has fallen into the error that corrupts all attempts to communicate religion ....
April 24, 2018
The A$$hole Saint
I come from a hardcore Protestant world, a world in which we did not do...
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....
April 10, 2018
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There Was Not a Needy Person Among Them . . .
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