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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 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 25, 2018
Obsessed with the Apocalypse
Last spring I taught a colloquium called "Apocalypse" with a colleague from the English department....
September 20, 2018
Calling God Back to the Mountain
What is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are they not both...
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 26, 2018
Taking Our Country Back
One of my favorite staff writers for The New Yorker is Rebecca Mead; she’s been...
August 16, 2018
Get Up, Kill, and Eat
I grew up in hunting country where at the appropriate times each year the males...
August 09, 2018
To Live In Safety and Without Fear
Every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall...
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 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 05, 2018
To Whom Do You Belong?
A couple of years ago, my college celebrated its centennial. For Jeanne and me, the...
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 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 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 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 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 27, 2018
Love and a Honda Accord Stationwagon
On a very sad morning almost ten years ago, my favorite vehicle ever was towed out...
May 24, 2018
Ruining the Christian Brand
In “Slander,” from her latest collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, Marilynne Robinson...
May 20, 2018
Pentecost and Graduation Day
Today is my college's Commencement--it is also Pentecost Sunday. In keeping with my attraction to...
May 19, 2018
We Need to Stop Saying “Our Thoughts and Prayers are With You.” It Doesn’t Help.
So here we are again. Another school shooting, immediately followed by another avalanche of "our...
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 03, 2018
One Nation, Under God?
I was invited earlier this week by an online publication that I write for occasionally...
May 01, 2018
Taking a Moral Holiday
So here we are, a year and a half since Donald Trump was elected President....
April 26, 2018
White Privilege and the Gospels
In my General Ethics class, my students and I have just finished a three week...
April 19, 2018
A Liberal and a Christian Walk Into a Bar . . .
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