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September 25, 2018
Obsessed with the Apocalypse
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September 18, 2018
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September 09, 2018
Right-Brain Faith in a Left-Brain World
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September 06, 2018
What the Author Meant May Not Matter
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August 30, 2018
Is Planet Earth a Loser?
My youngest son was born in 1981 and grew up as Americans began, for the...
August 21, 2018
Hail Frieda, Full of Grace
Six years ago today, after a great deal of resistance, I finally followed the advice...
August 19, 2018
Wrestling With the Story
In Lies We Believe Abut God, Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) tells the...
August 16, 2018
Get Up, Kill, and Eat
I grew up in hunting country where at the appropriate times each year the males...
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 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 05, 2018
Faith Without Creed
One Sunday, not too many months ago, I decided to pay close attention to the...
July 31, 2018
In one of the many recent books written by an atheist about Christianity (I forget...
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 22, 2018
Don’t Be Afraid
I had the opportunity to spend two hours with a young man named Hayden Bruce...
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’...
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 03, 2018
The Kingdom of Heaven is Like a Weed
My family and I spent three years in the middle nineties living in the South—specifically,...
June 01, 2018
Getting Out of the Spiritual Nursery
Organized religion often is a source of packaged answers and comfortable solutions to important questions...
May 10, 2018
The Crooked Timber of Faith
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. Immanuel Kant...
April 17, 2018
The Best Story Ever
In the aftermath of Easter, Christians often enjoy retelling various stories about Jesus from the...
March 29, 2018
Watching for an Hour
"Could you not stay awake with me one hour?" Jesus asked his disciples. It's a...
March 20, 2018
What is it Like to be You?
During the last third of the semester in my General Ethics class this semester, we...
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 01, 2018
A More Plausible God
In a couple of weeks, we will be starting a unit in my General Ethics...
February 25, 2018
Sharing My Faith
I grew up in the world of evangelical Christianity, and have spent much of my...
February 18, 2018
So Much Good. So Much Evil. Just Add Water
So here we are again, seeking as a country to deal with the latest horrific...
February 16, 2018
Look, Don’t Touch
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February 08, 2018
Tolerance on Steroids
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January 30, 2018
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