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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 12, 2019
The Most Important Lesson from the Sermon on the Mount: Don’t be a Jerk
In his lovely little book Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner suggests that what we often dismiss as...
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...
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 08, 2019
A New Year’s Resolution: Dream More, and Waste Less Time
At the beginning of a new year, I often find myself thinking not so much...
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 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 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 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...
October 30, 2018
The Ghosts of Halloweens Past
Tomorrow is Halloween!–one of my least favorite holidays of the year. I know that offends...
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 09, 2018
Call Her “Doctor”–She’s Earned It (and so have I)
According to the gospel accounts, Jesus had little regard for traditional honorifics, titles, or the...
October 07, 2018
It Don’t Matter
It's been a rough couple of months at our house, as two members of the...
September 27, 2018
Where Did That Come From?
Although it often caused trouble and brought me grief during my primary and secondary education...
August 23, 2018
Getting Over Original Sin
Last Tuesday, on the sixth anniversary of my blog, I posted my first blog post--an...
August 16, 2018
Get Up, Kill, and Eat
I grew up in hunting country where at the appropriate times each year the males...
August 14, 2018
Remember You are Dust
I've been thinking about ashes lately. I just finished reading Sara Miles's City of God, a...
August 12, 2018
I Didn’t Make This Stuff Up
During the three years that I lived in Milwaukee while completing my Ph.D. studies at...
August 09, 2018
To Live In Safety and Without Fear
Every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall...
August 02, 2018
Although I regularly find myself immersed in things medieval with a bunch of freshmen every...
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 24, 2018
What I Learned About My Faith When I Visited Cuba
Fifteen years ago, I was part of a group of a dozen or so academics...
July 13, 2018
What the Scots Think Of Donald Trump
Donald Trump’s visit to the United Kingdom is underway—something that makes me very happy that...
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’...
July 03, 2018
All Things Shall Be Well?
All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall...
June 14, 2018
Lessons Learned From a Blackberry Bush
A few years ago, Jeanne returned from a weekend with a friend in Vermont with...
June 10, 2018
What Do You Do When No One Is Watching?
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