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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 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...
December 24, 2018
Christus Natus Est
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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...
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...
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...
September 23, 2018
When an Atheist Finds Out That There is More Than One Kind of Christian
One of the many things that make teaching a rewarding vocation is receiving unsolicited testimonials...
September 02, 2018
Remembering John McCain: How to Move Past a Season of Cowardice
While the President of the United States tweeted his usual string of petty Saturday morning...
August 26, 2018
Taking Our Country Back
One of my favorite staff writers for The New Yorker is Rebecca Mead; she’s been...
August 21, 2018
Hail Frieda, Full of Grace
Six years ago today, after a great deal of resistance, I finally followed the advice...
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...
April 17, 2018
The Best Story Ever
In the aftermath of Easter, Christians often enjoy retelling various stories about Jesus from the...
March 29, 2018
Watching for an Hour
"Could you not stay awake with me one hour?" Jesus asked his disciples. It's a...
March 20, 2018
What is it Like to be You?
During the last third of the semester in my General Ethics class this semester, we...
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...
February 16, 2018
Look, Don’t Touch
Almost every Sunday during the months I spent on sabbatical a few years ago in...
February 11, 2018
Donald Trump at the National Prayer Breakfast
Last Thursday morning, the President tweeted the following: Will be heading over shortly to make...
January 09, 2018
Six Flags Over Jesus
My friend Michael lives with his family in Florida. That in itself makes me wonder...
January 07, 2018
Today is the First Sunday after the Epiphany (which was celebrated yesterday). I'm at a...
January 05, 2018
The Life of the Mind, or the Sewage of the Soul?
I recently got a shout-out from a colleague in the history department with whom I...
December 12, 2017
It’s About Time
Time has been on my mind recently. A couple of months ago in my freshman...
October 22, 2017
Have You Not Lived?
For the past several years my upper-division (juniors and seniors) classes have included an ongoing...
October 01, 2017
My Ignorance is Just as Good as Your Knowledge
In early 1980, Isaac Asimov wrote something in a Newsweek article that has been making the rounds...
September 29, 2017
What Happiness Really Amounts To
It is the happy life that asks more of us than we realize we have...
August 13, 2017
It Isn’t Working
April may be the cruelest month, if T. S. Eliot is correct, but for teachers,...
July 23, 2017
Be Ye Therefore Slightly Improved
Jesus said 'Be ye therefore perfect." Wouldn't it have been more sensible for him to...
July 03, 2017
Patriotism and the Art of Compromise
Jonathan Rauch: It is our duty as citizens to find ways to live together. I...
May 19, 2017
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If I had the opportunity to give the graduating seniors a bit of advice, I...
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Joy in a Minor Key
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