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February 21, 2019
A Year After Parkland: Do Guns in the Classroom Make Sense?
Valentine's Day last week marked the first anniversary of the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas...
February 17, 2019
An Excuse Not To Think
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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...
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...
January 30, 2019
Sacred Spaces and Dunkin Donuts
I currently am working my way slowly through Walter Isaacson’s wonderful biography of Leonardo da...
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 24, 2019
Creating the World in the Classroom
Imagine a jigsaw puzzle, a thousand pieces or more. There is no box showing what...
January 20, 2019
I am Deeply Offended that Mike Pence is Deeply Offended
There are so many things that Vice President Mike Pence could be deeply offended by....
January 17, 2019
Know Your Bible, and Know Your Greek Mythology
During summer orientation for freshmen, I often help the director of the Honors Program on...
January 15, 2019
We Have Met the Nazis, and They are Us
We ought not to hide from ourselves that Nazi Germany is a mirror for all...
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 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 04, 2018
The Taming of Christmas, and How to Make it Wild Again
Just when you thought you had heard and read it all . . . "If...
November 27, 2018
This is Why I am Not an Atheist
Despite my consistent self-description as a “person of faith,” I have been accused occasionally over...
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 21, 2018
Is My Ignorance Worth as Much as Your Knowledge?
In early 1980, Isaac Asimov wrote something in a Newsweek article that has been making the rounds on...
November 18, 2018
Welcoming the Stranger
I was a stranger, and you welcomed me. Matthew 25:35 Over the past couple of weeks...
November 15, 2018
Mary, Martha, and Time Management
The stereotype of the Type A personality has become an entrenched part of cultural lore....
November 04, 2018
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
A couple of months ago, Jeanne and I saw "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", the...
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 23, 2018
Assisting the Absent God: Helping to Repair a Broken World
Every once in a while someone posts a comment on my blog that reminds me...
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 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...
October 14, 2018
What People of Faith and Atheists Can Agree On
About half way through the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin...
October 11, 2018
How to Live Autumn
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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 25, 2018
Obsessed with the Apocalypse
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September 23, 2018
When an Atheist Finds Out That There is More Than One Kind of Christian
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