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Joseph: An Awesome Stepfather with a Questionable Pedigree
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October 31, 2018
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October 30, 2018
The Ghosts of Halloweens Past
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October 14, 2018
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Doctor Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the Book of Proverbs
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September 25, 2018
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September 18, 2018
Is it THE truth, or is it MY truth?
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August 23, 2018
Getting Over Original Sin
Last Tuesday, on the sixth anniversary of my blog, I posted my first blog post--an...
July 31, 2018
In one of the many recent books written by an atheist about Christianity (I forget...
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...
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 15, 2018
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
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Her Children Rise Up and Call Her Blessed
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May 08, 2018
The Lord Be With You . . .
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May 03, 2018
One Nation, Under God?
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April 22, 2018
How Do I Get There?–A Reflection for Good Shepherd Sunday
Tomorrow is "Good Shepherd Sunday," including the 23rd Psalm--a text so familiar that it is...
March 27, 2018
A Holy Week Reflection: Why Doctrine and Faith Don’t Mix
Holy Week is upon us once again—as good a time as any to step back...
March 18, 2018
There Is A God, But I Do Not Believe In HIm
God would have us know that we must live as people who manage our lives...
March 15, 2018
The Christian Faith In a Nutshell
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March 04, 2018
On Being Made of Meat
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February 25, 2018
Sharing My Faith
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