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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...
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
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...
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
As we approach the Advent and Christmas seasons, I am in a forward-looking and hopeful...
November 25, 2018
Does Christianity Solve the Problem of Evil? (spoiler alert: no, it doesn’t)
In the six-plus years that I’ve been writing this blog, I’ve occasionally been asked what...
November 13, 2018
A Foreign Widow, Seduction, and the Book of Ruth
One of my favorite features of liturgical worship is encountering familiar and favorite texts during...
November 02, 2018
Spreading the Good News of Atheism
Last week, my blog post about what atheists and persons of faith can agree on...
October 16, 2018
Why Rich People Can’t Get Into the Kingdom of Heaven, and other inconvenient truths
Dear Dr. Morgan: I’m writing to let you know that I won’t be in class...
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 21, 2018
Hail Frieda, Full of Grace
Six years ago today, after a great deal of resistance, I finally followed the advice...
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...
July 17, 2018
Expecting to Find Light
We are not simply made by God—we are made of God Julian of Norwich I...
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 10, 2018
God’s Works Are as Good as We Make Them
God would have us know that we must live as people who manage our lives...
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’...
June 08, 2018
The Little Red Haired Girl’s Birthday
Tomorrow is my wife Jeanne's birthday--join me in celebrating this wonderful event by reading my...
May 27, 2018
Love and a Honda Accord Stationwagon
On a very sad morning almost ten years ago, my favorite vehicle ever was towed out...
May 18, 2018
A Prayer for Graduates on Commencement Weekend
May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships,...
May 13, 2018
Her Children Rise Up and Call Her Blessed
I once learned something interesting about giraffes from one of my colleagues. He was lecturing...
May 01, 2018
Taking a Moral Holiday
So here we are, a year and a half since Donald Trump was elected President....
April 15, 2018
“Give Unto Caesar”: It’s an Expression of Love
A recent edition of The New Yorker had a timely cartoon on the back page....
April 01, 2018
An Easter Cautionary Tale: Jesus Isn’t Walking Through That Door
God is not an insurance agent. H. G. Wells During Rick Pitino’s tenure as the...
March 25, 2018
The Feather of Grace, or How To Keep Donald Trump and Evangelical Christians From Corrupting Your Faith
At its best, faith is the overflow of gratitude, the attempt to live as if...
March 15, 2018
The Christian Faith In a Nutshell
Sports fans old enough to remember the 70s and 80s will recall that a regular...
March 11, 2018
Childish or Childlike?
One of stories that was emphasized regularly in the Baptist Sunday school of my youth...
March 06, 2018
A Few Things That I Know To Be True
Today is my birthday, so I ask for your indulgence. Our culture tends to assume...
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