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February 14, 2019
Grownup Love: A Post for Valentine’s Day
Not long ago, Jeanne and I had dinner with Beverley and Ed, two Long Island...
February 04, 2019
Why Jesus Doesn’t Want To Be Donald Trump’s Friend
President Donald Trump’s delayed State of the Union address is tonight. Most everyone knows what...
December 30, 2018
It’s the Incarnation, Dammit!
On Christmas Eve morning, I noticed that a Facebook friend had posted a poll on...
November 18, 2018
Welcoming the Stranger
I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 Over the past couple of weeks...
November 04, 2018
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A couple of months ago, Jeanne and I saw "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", the...
October 18, 2018
Does a Christian Have to be Certain About Anything?
If we remembered that water takes its color from the vessel containing it, we would...
August 30, 2018
Is Planet Earth a Loser?
My youngest son was born in 1981 and grew up as Americans began, for the...
August 19, 2018
Wrestling With the Story
In Lies We Believe Abut God, Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) tells the...
May 30, 2018
“America First” is a Theological Heresy
Memorial Day week is a time for solemn remembrance. It also tends to be a...
May 19, 2018
We Need to Stop Saying “Our Thoughts and Prayers are With You.” It Doesn’t Help.
So here we are again. Another school shooting, immediately followed by another avalanche of "our...
May 10, 2018
The Crooked Timber of Faith
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. Immanuel Kant...
May 03, 2018
One Nation, Under God?
I was invited earlier this week by an online publication that I write for occasionally...
May 01, 2018
Taking a Moral Holiday
So here we are, a year and a half since Donald Trump was elected President....
April 26, 2018
White Privilege and the Gospels
In my General Ethics class, my students and I have just finished a three week...
April 12, 2018
Just the Facts
I drove past a billboard not long ago that raised my blood pressure a bit....
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 17, 2018
Celebrating Saint Bridget’s Day
A little over a year ago, as I dressed after working out, I had a...
March 09, 2018
Do I (Still) Really Hate Donald Trump?
Last Sunday's gospel gives us John's version of Jesus "going Brooklyn" on the moneychangers in...
February 08, 2018
Tolerance on Steroids
What happens when a perfectly good virtue gets turned into not only the most important virtue,...
December 31, 2017
He Has Put Down the Mighty . . .
Last Thursday was the Feast of the Holy Innocents, the liturgical day that commemorates King...
December 17, 2017
Despite the Best Efforts of Evangelical Christians, Roy Moore Lost
Last Monday I posted on Facebook that although I had deliberately stayed away from politics...
November 21, 2017
Another Book That May Change Your Life
We wake, if we ever wake at all, to mystery, rumors of death, beauty, violence....
October 17, 2017
Will the Truth Set You Free?
The truth will not set you free, but it will definitely mess your life up. A...
October 15, 2017
We Can Do Better Than Righteous Anger
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Ephesians 4:26 I confessed on this...
October 10, 2017
Knowing the Unknowable
Every fall I spend a week with over one hundred freshman exploring the familiar but...
August 24, 2017
The Point of a Professor
When I was a young professor, the chair of my department frequently would say in...
August 20, 2017
What if . . . we stopped asking “What If”?
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July 21, 2017
The Muslim/Christian Brotherhood
Reza Aslan is a Muslim; I am a Christian. But we share something fundamentally important...
July 19, 2017
A Sower Went Forth To Sow . . .
Every writer knows that writing is an inefficient and non-economical process. One never knows when...
July 14, 2017
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