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January 10, 2019
Just Your Typical Family, or Jesus Gets Grounded
Each week for many years, Garrison Keillor told “Prairie Home Companion” listeners the news from...
January 03, 2019
Paying Attention to What’s Behind the Curtain
Not long ago I led a seminar with a number of colleagues from the Honors...
December 13, 2018
Did Jesus Ever Say “I’m Sorry”?
A popular Christian writer got herself in trouble not long ago by suggesting on Twitter...
November 27, 2018
This is Why I am Not an Atheist
Despite my consistent self-description as a “person of faith,” I have been accused occasionally over...
November 02, 2018
Spreading the Good News of Atheism
Last week, my blog post about what atheists and persons of faith can agree on...
October 21, 2018
The Chapel and the Man Cave: Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Intellect
About a month ago I received an email from my friend Marsue, brief and to...
August 19, 2018
Wrestling With the Story
In Lies We Believe Abut God, Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) tells the...
August 07, 2018
The Most Profoundly Religious Statement of All: “I Don’t Know”
Let me tell you here first, “trust in God” has never floated my boat as...
July 29, 2018
Like this God Stuff is Real
In her wonderful memoir Take This Bread, Sara Miles tells us of a conversation she...
July 10, 2018
God’s Works Are as Good as We Make Them
God would have us know that we must live as people who manage our lives...
July 08, 2018
God is Just a Story (and so are we)
Although the name of this blog is “Freelance Christianity,” and it is published on Patheos’...
June 28, 2018
Does Everything Work Together for Good?
Jeanne and I recently had the opportunity to see a local community theater’s production of...
March 22, 2018
Morality By The Skin Of Your Teeth
Any caring human being asks the question What is the right thing to do? on...
March 08, 2018
How Atheists and Theists Can Get Along
This coming week I will be starting a unit with my General Ethics students called...
February 20, 2018
Beauty for Ashes, or Why Lent is a Bad Idea
One sunny morning in September 1983, when I was struggling in my late twenties with...
January 23, 2018
Fact or Opinion?
So moral relativism makes us more corrupt, but it also keeps us open-minded; moral objectivism...
December 16, 2017
Faith in a Post-Truth World
I really didn’t say everything I said. Yogi Berra A bit over a year ago, the...
November 28, 2017
A Grownup Faith
If we’re grownups about faith, then why can’t we all get together and lament the...
November 02, 2017
A Lonely Pawn
Have you never felt like one of those pawns forgotten in a corner of the...
August 13, 2017
It Isn’t Working
April may be the cruelest month, if T. S. Eliot is correct, but for teachers,...
August 01, 2017
Am I an Impostor? Do I Have Any Real Significance?
As everyone else I know, I often suffer from impostor's syndrome and feelings of insignificance....
July 21, 2017
The Muslim/Christian Brotherhood
Reza Aslan is a Muslim; I am a Christian. But we share something fundamentally important...
July 03, 2017
Patriotism and the Art of Compromise
Jonathan Rauch: It is our duty as citizens to find ways to live together. I...
June 12, 2017
Anne Lamott defines laughter as Carbonated Holiness. These days, we could use a lot more...
May 26, 2017
How to know the will of God
God has given us everything we need to address the problems in front of us....
April 24, 2017
There is no one but us
Sometime things happen that make me want to seriously consider atheism. A three-year old child...
April 15, 2017
Mortals Die, and are Laid Low
On Holy Saturday, it is good to remember our mortality. "Mortals die, and are laid...
March 06, 2017
Nature and Nature’s God
What is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are they not both...
February 24, 2017
Just Do It
In the early hours of a Sunday morning not long ago, I read the final...
February 22, 2017
A Crooked Faith
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