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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 11, 2018
How to Live Autumn
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Call Her “Doctor”–She’s Earned It (and so have I)
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September 25, 2018
Obsessed with the Apocalypse
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September 23, 2018
When an Atheist Finds Out That There is More Than One Kind of Christian
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September 20, 2018
Calling God Back to the Mountain
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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...
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Seventeen Years Ago Today
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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 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 28, 2018
Happy New Year! The First Day of Classes
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August 02, 2018
Although I regularly find myself immersed in things medieval with a bunch of freshmen every...
July 29, 2018
Like this God Stuff is Real
In her wonderful memoir Take This Bread, Sara Miles tells us of a conversation she...
July 22, 2018
Don’t Be Afraid
I had the opportunity to spend two hours with a young man named Hayden Bruce...
July 19, 2018
Making the Universe More Beautiful Through Diversity
A number of years ago, during a public forum on my campus focused on steps...
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’...
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 21, 2018
This is What You are Afraid of
Frederick Buechner says that vocation is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s...
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 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,...
May 28, 2018
A Memorial Day Question: Is Democracy Overrated?
It is Memorial Day, a great day to honor those who have made sacrifices over...
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 17, 2018
Is Israel in the West? and other questions from the classroom
Swirling around the dedication of the new United States embassy in Jerusalem this week have...
May 13, 2018
Her Children Rise Up and Call Her Blessed
I once learned something interesting about giraffes from one of my colleagues. He was lecturing...
May 06, 2018
What Christians Get Wrong About Jesus
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April 24, 2018
The A$$hole Saint
I come from a hardcore Protestant world, a world in which we did not do...
April 10, 2018
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There Was Not a Needy Person Among Them . . .
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