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February 17, 2019
An Excuse Not To Think
I recently read the following observations: They weren’t such bad fellows. He had mixed with...
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...
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 21, 2019
America is not a Christian Nation . . . and That’s a Good Thing
I recently found out from the editors of Bearings Online, an online magazine that I contribute...
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 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...
December 06, 2018
Does the Word of God Settle Everything?
I recently had a brief, unproductive exchange in the comment section of this blog with...
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 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...
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 30, 2018
The Ghosts of Halloweens Past
Tomorrow is Halloween!–one of my least favorite holidays of the year. I know that offends...
October 25, 2018
What to Do When You Get Tired of Being Angry
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Ephesians 4:26 Another week, another bunch of...
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...
October 05, 2018
Professional Wrestling, the Liberal Agenda, and Jesus
One of my many fond memories of my sons’ youth was our early Saturday morning...
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...
September 25, 2018
Obsessed with the Apocalypse
Last spring I taught a colloquium called "Apocalypse" with a colleague from the English department....
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 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 30, 2018
Is Planet Earth a Loser?
My youngest son was born in 1981 and grew up as Americans began, for the...
August 26, 2018
Taking Our Country Back
One of my favorite staff writers for The New Yorker is Rebecca Mead; she’s been...
August 16, 2018
Get Up, Kill, and Eat
I grew up in hunting country where at the appropriate times each year the males...
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...
July 24, 2018
What I Learned About My Faith When I Visited Cuba
Fifteen years ago, I was part of a group of a dozen or so academics...
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 05, 2018
To Whom Do You Belong?
A couple of years ago, my college celebrated its centennial. For Jeanne and me, the...
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 21, 2018
This is What You are Afraid of
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