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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...
September 09, 2018
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April 22, 2018
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March 20, 2018
What is it Like to be You?
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February 24, 2018
What I Can Do About Gun Violence
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February 16, 2018
Look, Don’t Touch
Almost every Sunday during the months I spent on sabbatical a few years ago in...
January 07, 2018
Today is the First Sunday after the Epiphany (which was celebrated yesterday). I'm at a...
January 04, 2018
Technology and the Life of Faith
I read a fascinating article in the November edition of The Atlantic recently that explores...
October 05, 2017
Reboot and Retool
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August 31, 2017
Idols and Icons
Of all the lessons I've learned in my three decades of teaching, none is more...
July 23, 2017
Be Ye Therefore Slightly Improved
Jesus said 'Be ye therefore perfect." Wouldn't it have been more sensible for him to...
June 10, 2017
I Am Because You Are
It became clear at the Comey hearing and after that Donald Trump's primary concern is...
April 11, 2017
At the beginning of the first Holy Week, Jesus killed a fig tree for no...
January 11, 2017
Holy Family Values
Each week for the past many years, Garrison Keillor has told “Prairie Home Companion” listeners...
December 19, 2016
Bring It On
In a recent interview with Krista Tippett on NPR’s On Being, Jesuit author and spiritual...
December 12, 2016
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August 10, 2016
A Modest Proposal Part Two–or why my time should not be for sale
A week ago I wrote about the most effective and illuminating hoax I ever pulled...
June 19, 2016
What I inherited from Mad Eagle
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March 20, 2016
Blessed Is He Who Comes
Rodney Delasanta was one of best teachers and colleagues I ever had the privilege of...
January 20, 2016
Educating the Uneducated
This is the point in the semester where teachers start returning the first graded assignments...
August 14, 2015
Sabbatical Report–The Early Returns
I have been on sabbatical officially for a bit over a month—in many ways, it...
April 22, 2015
Pleasure and Joy in the Work
As the end of the semester draws near and my upcoming sabbatical looms, I'm wondering...
April 20, 2015
The Vision Thing
In 1987, as Vice President George H. W. Bush prepared to step out of Ronald...
November 26, 2014
Myths and Stories
I spent two hours of seminar last Friday with twelve honors freshmen enjoying the wonders...
July 16, 2014
Humility is not a peculiar habit of self-effacement. It is a selfless respect for reality...
July 09, 2014
Tell Me a Big Story
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February 12, 2014
In my early years of teaching, I used to include one of Woody Allen’s insights...
December 09, 2013
The Peaceable Kingdom
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