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May 19, 2016
The Long Regretful Wait
By Tony Woodlief My mother’s quavering voicemail was right: I hadn’t called in a long...
October 20, 2015
The Beast Without
“Isaac’s being a jerk,” my seven year-old, Isaiah, says about his older brother. They have been...
September 21, 2015
Let Me Die Like This
When I die, Lord, let me go in a plane crash, spiraling down, earthward, earthward,...
September 03, 2015
I Come Not to Praise the Megachurch
The church may have begun as a non-spiritual entity, a business of some sort that...
August 19, 2015
Downturned Face, Upturned Eyes
There is no writing more precious and self-indulgent than the essay about the difficulty of...
July 22, 2015
A Boy, a Wren, and the Kingdom
The little boy moves amongst his creation in the sand: a montage drawn with a...
July 02, 2015
Dancing for My Life, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Traditional dance is, by modern standards, inherently misogynistic. The man leads, in...
July 01, 2015
Dancing for My Life, Part 1
“ONE two three, LONG short short—don’t step on her!” Gulya is my dance instructor. She’s...
June 11, 2015
Prayers in the River
I stand hip-deep in a river, casting into the eddies. I am not the kind...
May 22, 2015
The Two Lists
Seven-year old Isaiah found a small desk in the back of our garage and claimed...
May 01, 2015
Jesus and Legos in the Deep, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. “Judas the transgressor,” we Eastern Orthodox sing during Holy Friday Matins,“was unwilling...
April 30, 2015
Jesus and Legos in the Deep, Part 1
I read about a shipping container holding five million Lego pieces that fell into the...
April 08, 2015
Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos and the Megachurch
This post was made possible through the support of a grant from The BioLogos Foundation’s...
March 09, 2015
Sojourners in the Darkness
My mother, an uneducated woman in her sixties, said she would ask [his murderer] to...
February 24, 2015
Science and Faith: an Evolving Conversation
“I left the Church,” my tablemate explains, “because my priest couldn’t answer my questions.” We...
February 02, 2015
Seeking Mystery in a Secular World
The topic, at the Eighth Day Institute symposium in Wichita, Kansas, was how to regain...
January 16, 2015
It’s Time to Derail the Gravy Train
Earlier this week we saw yet again what happens when thousands of the unemployed, living...
December 26, 2014
Where Is the Light in Our Darkness?
For most kids I knew, Christmas was a time of anticipation. Even if you hadn’t...
December 02, 2014
Madonna and Child
The entrance makes all the difference. I recently watched the opening of a Madonna concert,...
November 18, 2014
Back off, Man, I’m a Scientist
My friend in graduate school used to groan as the holidays approached. His father was...
October 27, 2014
Riding the Waves
My sons argue over Avengers characters. The littlest insists he’s Captain America. Another claims Hawkeye....
October 08, 2014
Renouncing the Gridiron
I gave up sports for the same reason I gave up politics and pornography. I...
September 12, 2014
The Machinery of Cowardice Fails the Children of Rotherham
My children once heard someone address me as “Doctor,” and so they asked me if...
August 25, 2014
We Who Are Left Behind
“Why’d you let go?” Conrad Jarrett shouts at the ceiling, in a climactic scene in...
August 05, 2014
The New Truth Quashes Dissent
It’s comforting, in these confusing times, to know at least some truths are beyond dispute....
July 18, 2014
Caught in the Crosshairs: the Children at Our Border
I write this on a Sunday, when people who spent the week shouting at busloads...
July 02, 2014
Mangled Science, Mangled Truth, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. Mathematicians sometimes employ the imagery of a three-dimensional landscape to represent the...
July 01, 2014
Mangled Science, Mangled Truth, Part 1
It’s one of those intellectual nuggets you tuck away for dinner parties: A recent psychological...
June 10, 2014
Experimenting on the Lambs
News from Alabama is that researchers obscured risks of blindness, brain damage, and death in...
May 23, 2014
The nerd world felt a slight disturbance in the force a few weeks back, when...
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