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January 24, 2019
Creating the World in the Classroom
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January 10, 2019
Just Your Typical Family, or Jesus Gets Grounded
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December 27, 2018
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December 02, 2018
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November 11, 2018
Teach Us to Care and Not to Care
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October 28, 2018
The Life of Faith is Not a Fairy Tale
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October 21, 2018
The Chapel and the Man Cave: Bridging the Gap Between Faith and Intellect
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September 30, 2018
Putting Out the Welcome Mat: Who is Welcome at Your Place of Worship?
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September 04, 2018
Whatever Prayer Is For, It Isn’t That
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September 03, 2018
It’s Labor Day–What is YOUR Labor Worth?
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September 02, 2018
Remembering John McCain: How to Move Past a Season of Cowardice
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July 13, 2018
What the Scots Think Of Donald Trump
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June 08, 2018
The Little Red Haired Girl’s Birthday
Tomorrow is my wife Jeanne's birthday--join me in celebrating this wonderful event by reading my...
June 01, 2018
Getting Out of the Spiritual Nursery
Organized religion often is a source of packaged answers and comfortable solutions to important questions...
May 18, 2018
A Prayer for Graduates on Commencement Weekend
May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,...
April 26, 2018
White Privilege and the Gospels
In my General Ethics class, my students and I have just finished a three week...
March 29, 2018
Watching for an Hour
"Could you not stay awake with me one hour?" Jesus asked his disciples. It's a...
March 15, 2018
The Christian Faith In a Nutshell
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March 13, 2018
Dr. Seuss, an Unborn Child, and Why Each Of Us Matters
Dr. Seuss was a regular in our house when my sons were young—my thirty-something sons...
March 09, 2018
Do I (Still) Really Hate Donald Trump?
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March 06, 2018
A Few Things That I Know To Be True
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February 27, 2018
Why Teachers Should Not Be Armed
As a proposed step in our continuing struggle to address gun violence in schools, President...
February 25, 2018
Sharing My Faith
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February 24, 2018
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February 22, 2018
Invading the Impossible
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February 20, 2018
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