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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 04, 2019
Why Jesus Doesn’t Want To Be Donald Trump’s Friend
President Donald Trump’s delayed State of the Union address is tonight. Most everyone knows what...
December 30, 2018
It’s the Incarnation, Dammit!
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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...
November 23, 2018
Black Friday and the War on Christmas
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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 31, 2018
Halloween Jesus or Fire-Insurance Policy Jesus?
One Sunday, toward the end of a particularly lively and deep seminar with my “Living...
October 02, 2018
Doctor Ford, Judge Kavanaugh, and the Book of Proverbs
A couple of Sundays ago, it was my turn to be lector at the Episcopal...
August 23, 2018
Getting Over Original Sin
Last Tuesday, on the sixth anniversary of my blog, I posted my first blog post--an...
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...
August 12, 2018
I Didn’t Make This Stuff Up
During the three years that I lived in Milwaukee while completing my Ph.D. studies at...
July 26, 2018
The Never-Ending Prayer
As I do initial work on my new book on prayer (contract now signed!), I...
July 15, 2018
What If God and Morality Have Nothing to Do with Each Other?
Is there any true transcendence, or is this idea always a consoling dream projected by...
June 28, 2018
Does Everything Work Together for Good?
Jeanne and I recently had the opportunity to see a local community theater’s production of...
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 10, 2018
The Crooked Timber of Faith
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. Immanuel Kant...
May 03, 2018
One Nation, Under God?
I was invited earlier this week by an online publication that I write for occasionally...
May 01, 2018
Taking a Moral Holiday
So here we are, a year and a half since Donald Trump was elected President....
April 10, 2018
Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say. Shakespeare, King Lear This week,...
March 27, 2018
A Holy Week Reflection: Why Doctrine and Faith Don’t Mix
Holy Week is upon us once again—as good a time as any to step back...
March 22, 2018
Morality By The Skin Of Your Teeth
Any caring human being asks the question What is the right thing to do? on...
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 01, 2018
A More Plausible God
In a couple of weeks, we will be starting a unit in my General Ethics...
February 22, 2018
Invading the Impossible
A few months ago, the gospel reading from Luke prompted our rector and my friend...
February 04, 2018
Keeping Hope Alive
The theme of a philosophy conference that I attended a couple of years ago was...
January 25, 2018
The Divine Uncertainty Principle
Fifteen or more years ago my professional writing and research interests were largely focused on...
January 12, 2018
What Are You Reading?
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November 19, 2017
Pragmatic Christianity: Why Doctrine Often Does Not Matter
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October 24, 2017
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