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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...
November 20, 2018
A Birthday Worth Noting
Today is my youngest son Justin's thirty-seventh birthday. If that's not enough to make me...
November 09, 2018
Am I My Neighbor’s Keeper?
Thanks to the caravan of refugees moving north, President Trump's choice to stoke up fears...
November 06, 2018
Are the People in the Caravan My Neighbors?
If everybody is your neighbor, then nobody is. Rod Dreher Next semester, a colleague and...
October 28, 2018
The Life of Faith is Not a Fairy Tale
The first lectionary reading at church the past three Sundays have been from one of...
October 25, 2018
What to Do When You Get Tired of Being Angry
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Ephesians 4:26 Another week, another bunch of...
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...
September 27, 2018
Where Did That Come From?
Although it often caused trouble and brought me grief during my primary and secondary education...
September 11, 2018
Seventeen Years Ago Today
Two years ago, the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11 fell on a Sunday. The priest of...
August 26, 2018
Taking Our Country Back
One of my favorite staff writers for The New Yorker is Rebecca Mead; she’s been...
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...
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...
June 23, 2018
Is America a Christian Nation? Should It Be?
A question that is almost guaranteed to start an argument in some circles goes to...
June 21, 2018
This is What You are Afraid of
Frederick Buechner says that vocation is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s...
June 07, 2018
I Pardon You
Pardons are in the news, particularly Presidential pardons. Presidential pardons are nothing new, and everyone...
May 28, 2018
A Memorial Day Question: Is Democracy Overrated?
It is Memorial Day, a great day to honor those who have made sacrifices over...
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 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 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 08, 2018
There Was Not a Needy Person Among Them . . .
A couple of days ago, the following from Franklin Graham came across my Twitter feed:...
March 17, 2018
Celebrating Saint Bridget’s Day
A little over a year ago, as I dressed after working out, I had a...
March 08, 2018
How Atheists and Theists Can Get Along
This coming week I will be starting a unit with my General Ethics students called...
March 01, 2018
A More Plausible God
In a couple of weeks, we will be starting a unit in my General Ethics...
January 07, 2018
Today is the First Sunday after the Epiphany (which was celebrated yesterday). I'm at a...
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 19, 2017
When a Prophet Speaks, People Listen (or at least they should)
The third Sunday of Advent is always John the Baptist Sunday; last Sunday's reading from...
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...
September 11, 2017
Tired of Hating People: Thoughts on the Anniversary of 9/11
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