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February 04, 2019
What God is Not: An Apophatic Account of the Divine
My professional life exists at the intersection of creativity, God, and the church; which means...
January 24, 2019
Our National Weakness is Our Inability to Forgive
Is there anything more powerful in the world than forgiveness? Maybe the only thing that...
November 29, 2018
Advent is a Time for Hope: Oscar Wilde on Cynics & Sentimentalists
We live in a time of massive disorientation: the loss of unifying narratives, loss of...
October 21, 2018
Rich Mullins Would’ve been 63 Years Old Today – Read This, It Will Do Your Heart Good
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September 28, 2018
Why Do the Nations Rage?
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September 19, 2018
Rich Mullins Died 21 Years Ago Today: Here’s My Yearly Reminder That I’ll Never Get Over It
When I listen to Rich Mullins’ music (and I still listen), he makes me want...
August 29, 2018
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Walter Brueggemann knows a thing or two about Sabbath keeping. As one of the preeminent...
August 22, 2018
Striving For Silence When the Worries Come
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August 03, 2018
Why Corruption Matters
Corruption is what we call it when someone surrenders their integrity–their sense of wholeness and...
August 01, 2018
How Does This All End? How Do We Come Back Together?
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July 25, 2018
You’ll Spend a Third of your Life Working: What if You Could Make It Better?
Adults who are employed full time work an average of forty-seven hours a week,...
July 21, 2018
Faith Isn’t Just About Beliefs: Faith is About the Direction You Are Moving In Your Life
History always has its thought police--the people who want to force others to submit...
July 09, 2018
Monday Morning Confessional: Immigration Abdication
I confess that the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) is starting a denaturalization...
July 04, 2018
In Praise of Democracy: The Best Version of Patriotism is Self-Sacrifice
“An alarmingly large segment of our society simply has no access to wisdom....
July 02, 2018
Monday Morning Confessional: My Summer Reading List Thus Far
I confess that I've got a bunch of books going at once right now. This...
June 25, 2018
Monday Morning Confessional: I Am A Walking Talking Confirmation Bias Machine
I confess that I think supporting Donald Trump because "we need to shake things up...
June 20, 2018
Wednesday Wisdom: No Truth? No Justice? No Peace.
Peace is not pragmatic. It's not a strategy or procedure put into effect in order...
June 18, 2018
Monday Morning Confessional Returns
I confess that I've been a terrible blogger lately. I confess that I have started...
May 11, 2018
Finding Integrity on the Political Right
I was nineteen years old when I showed up to work for a summer at...
April 20, 2018
The Best Description of Puberty I’ve Ever Read: A Burning Desire for Home
I took my oldest son to buy his first suit last night. His eighth grade...
March 25, 2018
Reading Resident Aliens for Palm Sunday
If I could require every Christian to read one book about the gospel, the church...
February 15, 2018
Gun Rights and the Virtue of Forbearance: The Act of Refraining from Exercising a Legal Right
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February 12, 2018
How Contemplation, Not Ambition, Leads to Happiness
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December 18, 2017
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December 07, 2017
The Advent Decrescendo
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December 05, 2017
To My Evangelical Brothers & Sisters: Trump is Our Biggest Mistake & Our Greatest Opportunity
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November 24, 2017
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From now on, the mere mention the names Harvey Weinstein, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey,...
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