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February 21, 2019
A Year After Parkland: Do Guns in the Classroom Make Sense?
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February 17, 2019
An Excuse Not To Think
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February 04, 2019
Why Jesus Doesn’t Want To Be Donald Trump’s Friend
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January 29, 2019
“You are the Man”: Speaking Truth to Power
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January 20, 2019
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January 15, 2019
We Have Met the Nazis, and They are Us
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January 12, 2019
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Donald Trump, and Stupidity
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December 09, 2018
Banging on the Door of Hope
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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 11, 2018
Teach Us to Care and Not to Care
I began Election Day last Tuesday at the gym, riding the stationary bike for an...
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...
September 16, 2018
The Unexamined Faith Is Not Worth Having
He lived over two millennia ago, and as far as we know he never wrote...
August 26, 2018
Taking Our Country Back
One of my favorite staff writers for The New Yorker is Rebecca Mead; she’s been...
August 19, 2018
Wrestling With the Story
In Lies We Believe Abut God, Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) tells the...
July 04, 2018
Happy Independence Day!
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June 25, 2018
You Don’t Have to Believe Everything You Think
I have grown weary of trying to understand the unquestioning support that Donald Trump receives...
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 17, 2018
When to Be Skeptical, and When to Believe
Once upon a time two explorers came upon a clearing in the jungle. In the...
June 12, 2018
The God of History is an Atheist
Atheism is a purification Simone Weil Former President Obama loved to quote a hopeful statement from...
June 07, 2018
I Pardon You
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May 30, 2018
“America First” is a Theological Heresy
Memorial Day week is a time for solemn remembrance. It also tends to be a...
May 24, 2018
Ruining the Christian Brand
In “Slander,” from her latest collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, Marilynne Robinson...
May 01, 2018
Taking a Moral Holiday
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April 26, 2018
White Privilege and the Gospels
In my General Ethics class, my students and I have just finished a three week...
April 19, 2018
A Liberal and a Christian Walk Into a Bar . . .
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March 25, 2018
The Feather of Grace, or How To Keep Donald Trump and Evangelical Christians From Corrupting Your Faith
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March 01, 2018
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February 27, 2018
Why Teachers Should Not Be Armed
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