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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 10, 2019
What Can We Do Now That There Is No God?
Several weeks into the new year, I am for the first time getting to teach...
February 06, 2019
Is Christianity a System of Belief or a Way of Life?
I have been accused frequently over the past several weeks by commenters on my blog...
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...
February 02, 2019
The Super Bowl and the F-Word
The Super Bowl is upon us! As an avid Patriots fan, I feel perfectly comfortable...
January 29, 2019
“You are the Man”: Speaking Truth to Power
Not long ago, my wife Jeanne decided to audit a graduate theology course on campus...
January 26, 2019
When it Comes to Prayer, Stop Talking and Start Relating
One of the most fascinating and troubling verses in the Jewish scriptures is from the...
January 24, 2019
Creating the World in the Classroom
Imagine a jigsaw puzzle, a thousand pieces or more. There is no box showing what...
January 20, 2019
I am Deeply Offended that Mike Pence is Deeply Offended
There are so many things that Vice President Mike Pence could be deeply offended by....
January 17, 2019
Know Your Bible, and Know Your Greek Mythology
During summer orientation for freshmen, I often help the director of the Honors Program on...
January 15, 2019
We Have Met the Nazis, and They are Us
We ought not to hide from ourselves that Nazi Germany is a mirror for all...
January 12, 2019
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Donald Trump, and Stupidity
Why do intelligent people believe lies that are easily exposed as lies? Why do intelligent...
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 06, 2019
Alexa, Hear My Prayer
I read a fascinating article in the November 2018 edition of The Atlantic that explores the various...
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 31, 2018
Slouching Toward 2019
Love does not say “I ought to love”—it loves. Pity does not say “It is...
December 30, 2018
It’s the Incarnation, Dammit!
On Christmas Eve morning, I noticed that a Facebook friend had posted a poll on...
December 27, 2018
Murdering the Innocents: A Different Kind of Christmas Story
This Christmas season seems more dissonant than most, with violence across the globe, a partial...
December 24, 2018
Christus Natus Est
Christmas movies are a big deal at my house. Jeanne goes for the classics, such...
December 23, 2018
Mary with No Assumptions
I have a colleague and friend with whom I share a lot in common. Eric...
December 21, 2018
Advent 101: Making Advent a Season of Recentering
We seek retreats for ourselves in country places, on beaches and mountains . . ....
December 18, 2018
The Season of Grace and Peace
Grace means suddenly you’re in a different universe from the one where you were stuck,...
December 16, 2018
Joseph: An Awesome Stepfather with a Questionable Pedigree
In my religious tradition, we didn’t do saints. But we did do Christmas pageants—big time....
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...
December 11, 2018
Advent is for Introverts
I was raised in a version of Christianity that had no sense of the liturgical...
December 09, 2018
Banging on the Door of Hope
We’ve all done this, we bang and bang on the door of hope, and don’t...
December 06, 2018
Does the Word of God Settle Everything?
I recently had a brief, unproductive exchange in the comment section of this blog with...
December 04, 2018
The Taming of Christmas, and How to Make it Wild Again
Just when you thought you had heard and read it all . . . "If...
December 02, 2018
Advent and the Blessing of Being Human
Each Advent for the past eight years, I have had the privilege of giving a...
November 29, 2018
Trailing Clouds of Glory, We Come From God
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