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August 25, 2017
Hurricane Heroes and the Book of Exodus
With Hurricane Harvey barreling down on the Texas coast, with Galvestonians and Houstonians making their...
July 20, 2017
The Summer of ’17: Jacob’s Ladder and Esau’s Tragedy
Every year, without fail, we sang the chorus Jacob’s Ladder at church camp. Sung by...
June 22, 2017
The Summer of ’17: a Summer of Trysts and Turns
The lectionary last week ... Wait! Did I start a blog post with the word lectionary? How...
February 10, 2016
What’s for Lent?
Would someone want to join me here, in my interior, in my soul, and cozy...
August 12, 2015
Sanity About the Spirit: Not in 1 Corinthians!
Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians doesn’t contain, then, what we hope it promises: a...
June 01, 2015
Pope Francis on How to Prepare a Sermon
The pope and I agree. He's in very good company! (Okay, I'll admit, it goes...
May 19, 2015
The Promise of Pentecost You May Not Know
In the days prior to that first Pentecost, Jesus’ followers were huddled together, gathered around...
January 26, 2015
I Dare You! A pre-Lenten Challenge
What struck me in the aftermath was how much—I think this was genuine—the Seahawk players...
December 23, 2014
Christians have a history of getting our relationship with Jews all tangled up in self-interest....
June 26, 2014
A Wee Little Man and a Big Insight
When I put these together, I saw something glaring. My actions were exactly backwards, a...
May 21, 2014
Garage Sale Antics and the Church in Antioch: Reflections on Generosity
Their giving wasn’t determined by how much was needed but by how much they had...
April 10, 2014
Intimacy with God and a Blindfolded Boy
Then on Thursday night, in a nondescript room in the Columbus Ohio convention center, I...
February 14, 2014
Some Pretty Good Advice from Ecclesiastes for Valentine’s–and Every Other–Day
That rundown Ramada Inn is where she first slipped her hand along the back of...
January 19, 2014
My Dad’s Old Purple Dinosaur Tie and the Creation-evolution Debate
Regardless of your point of view—Jewish or Christian, secular or spiritual, liberal or conservative—it’s invariably...
January 06, 2014
An Ambiguous Little Trickle of the Holy Spirit
This sense of yearning — or is it inadequacy? — for something new, something spectacular,...
December 12, 2013
Simeon’s Song and the Clarity of Christmas
If you want an actual model for receiving the guidance of the holy spirit, look...
November 28, 2013
Thankful Thanksgiving, Black and Blue Saints
The Greek word, eucharistia, from which we get the English word, eucharist—the breaking of bread...
November 11, 2013
Stop giving! We have more than enough!
For now, today, to get a sense of this scene, imagine walking into synagogue on...
November 01, 2013
Take a P This Week
Less than one percent of your day given to contemplation. And that less-than-one-percent will reorient...
October 19, 2013
The Spirit & the Dreamer
I think too often Christians believe the holy spirit begins its best work when the...
October 12, 2013
Animals & Ambiguity: The Spirit & the Flood
The Bible doesn’t excise the ambiguity from life, not even when its stories are about...
September 06, 2013
Does the Holy Spirit Inspire Violence? Obama, Syria, and the Days Ahead
Are the people of Syria so destitute, so cornered by chemical weapons, so oppressed that...
August 09, 2013
Passing on the Faith in a Makeshift Choir Stall
There we were, together, a white twelve-year-old boy with an utter incapacity to sing the...
August 01, 2013
Thinking About Sex Lately
Good sex is a matter of discipline, which can’t start early enough because, hope as...
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