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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 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...
December 16, 2018
Joseph: An Awesome Stepfather with a Questionable Pedigree
In my religious tradition, we didn’t do saints. But we did do Christmas pageants—big time....
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 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 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 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 09, 2018
Am I My Neighbor’s Keeper?
Thanks to the caravan of refugees moving north, President Trump's choice to stoke up fears...
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 11, 2018
How to Live Autumn
Autumn is my favorite season, and October is my favorite month. This is not surprising...
October 07, 2018
It Don’t Matter
It's been a rough couple of months at our house, as two members of the...
September 20, 2018
Calling God Back to the Mountain
What is the difference between a cathedral and a physics lab? Are they not both...
September 09, 2018
Right-Brain Faith in a Left-Brain World
At age thirty-seven, Harvard trained brain scientist Jill Bolte Taylor woke up one morning with...
September 06, 2018
What the Author Meant May Not Matter
At the beginning of a seminar on the books of Exodus and Job from the...
August 23, 2018
Getting Over Original Sin
Last Tuesday, on the sixth anniversary of my blog, I posted my first blog post--an...
August 09, 2018
To Live In Safety and Without Fear
Every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and fig-tree, and there shall...
August 02, 2018
Although I regularly find myself immersed in things medieval with a bunch of freshmen every...
July 26, 2018
The Never-Ending Prayer
As I do initial work on my new book on prayer (contract now signed!), I...
July 05, 2018
To Whom Do You Belong?
A couple of years ago, my college celebrated its centennial. For Jeanne and me, the...
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 07, 2018
I Pardon You
Pardons are in the news, particularly Presidential pardons. Presidential pardons are nothing new, and everyone...
May 15, 2018
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
Hello darkness, my old friend, I’ve come to talk to you again. “The Sound of Silence”...
May 10, 2018
The Crooked Timber of Faith
Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made. Immanuel Kant...
April 22, 2018
How Do I Get There?–A Reflection for Good Shepherd Sunday
Tomorrow is "Good Shepherd Sunday," including the 23rd Psalm--a text so familiar that it is...
April 17, 2018
The Best Story Ever
In the aftermath of Easter, Christians often enjoy retelling various stories about Jesus from the...
April 12, 2018
Just the Facts
I drove past a billboard not long ago that raised my blood pressure a bit....
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 13, 2018
Dr. Seuss, an Unborn Child, and Why Each Of Us Matters
Dr. Seuss was a regular in our house when my sons were young—my thirty-something sons...
March 01, 2018
A More Plausible God
In a couple of weeks, we will be starting a unit in my General Ethics...
February 16, 2018
Look, Don’t Touch
Almost every Sunday during the months I spent on sabbatical a few years ago in...
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