Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I’m on week two of my working vacation. I hope this week is more vacation and less working. I confess that I cannot begin to understand what makes a person walk into a movie theater to kill and injure complete strangers for no apparent reason. I confess that I immediately try to [Read More…]

How Do We Know the Bible is True?

I have a friend who is working with students this summer and she’s been given a topic on which she is supposed to speak: How do we know the Bible is true? It’s a tough question to be sure, and if something inside doesn’t at least resist the question a little bit, then we’re not [Read More…]

Public Jesus is Now Available!

Hey friends, I’m putting this post up to let everyone know that my 2nd book has officially been released. The book is called Public Jesus. The book is meant to help churches and people to have a healthy discussion about politics in an election year. Politics is really just an ongoing dialogue – sometimes more [Read More…]

Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I am officially on vacation for the next few weeks – really more of a stay-cation, which is not my favorite. I confess that I’ll be doing projects around the house for most of the three weeks, starting with a new study room for the boys. I further confess that this will [Read More…]

Ross Douthat Asks: Can Liberal Christianity be Saved?

Ross Douthat wrote an interesting article for The New York Times yesterday called, “Can Liberal Christianity be Saved?” in which he criticized the sort of liberal Christianity epitomized by Bishop Spong and the Episcopal Church. It’s definitely worth reading. Douthat is the author of Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, in which he makes a [Read More…]

Public Jesus: How Churches Can Talk about Politics in an Election Year (Without Killing Each Other) – From Sojourners

I’ve got a new article up at Sojourners that you can read here. Here’s an excerpt of 4 helpful hints on how to talk about politics in an election year with your church community without hurting/killing each other. 1. Love the One You’re With The two most divisive words in the English language during an [Read More…]

The Biggest Liars in Politics?: “Outside Spending Groups”

In the midst of the uproar over the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, and the courts decision to strike down three-fourths of the Arizona immigration law, their failure to deal with the disastrous Citizens United decision was largely unnoticed, which is interesting given that Citizen’s United could end up being the [Read More…]

Breaking Retreat: Refusing to Evaluate

So my stuff is loaded and I’m spending a few moments writing this, and then a last little while in the basilica praying. The basilica is an amazing room, and I love being there – so I usually break retreat by spending some quiet time in that space. Then I head home (or in this [Read More…]

Learning to Play: After You Have Sinned & Grown Old

My youngest boy is in the throes of learning how to swim. He’s taken the lessons and has been pretty frustrated (ing), at times over the past few summers. When it was time to work on his swimming with me this year, I started out like always. “Hey, let’s work on your swimming, (he groans). [Read More…]

When the Wild Beasts Show Up

Richard Rohr once wrote, “In silence all of our usual patterns assault us… that is why most people give up rather quickly. When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, the first thing that showed up was the wild beasts.” I know just what he means. When I’m on retreat at the abbey, [Read More…]