Advent, Evolution, & Absolution [RE-POST]


Today, I’m re-posting a piece I wrote exactly a year ago for last year‘s Advent series. During this year‘s, we’re seeing how the Advent event affects parts of our lives that we usually don’t associate with it. Today, it’s Advent and Evolution. You can follow the series here. It’s Advent. A time where we especially orient ourselves … Continue reading Advent, Evolution, & Absolution [RE-POST]

science and the evolution of the science of evolution


Over at Scot McKnight’s blog, Jesus Creed, the resident scientist-who’s-a-Christian (I hate that I can’t just write “Christian Scientist”), RJS (I have no idea what his full name is, and I couldn’t find it), recently posted a brief post about the ongoing dilemma of a fossil called Tiktaalik rosea, the dating of which and the … Continue reading science and the evolution of the science of evolution

“If You Believe in Jesus, the Resurrection, & Evolution, You Are A Heretic” – Patrol Mag


photo from Wired Science Well, my article for last week on Patrol took a little longer for me to submit it than usual so it only just got posted.  The article has to do with the recent situation involving Bruce Waltke, formerly of Reformed Theological Seminary.  The article is in response to a recent post … Continue reading “If You Believe in Jesus, the Resurrection, & Evolution, You Are A Heretic” – Patrol Mag

Protestants, Catholics, Communion–oh my! (Happy Corpus Christi!)


Today is a Christian Holy Day called “Corpus Christi” (Latin for “the body of Christ”). Today we meditate on the mystery of Communion/Eucharist/The Lord’s Supper. I’ve mentioned some of my Communion views before and what I articulated is a synthesis and summary of the ideas of many theologians, both Protestant and Catholic. And so today, I … Continue reading Protestants, Catholics, Communion–oh my! (Happy Corpus Christi!)

George Washington & How a Truly Great Man is Inaugurated


“It has occasionally occurred to me when in [Washington’s] company, that if a stranger to his person were present, they would never have known from anything said by the president that he was conscious of having distinguished himself in the eyes of the world.” —Bishop William White on Washington’s refusal to boast The following is excerpted … Continue reading George Washington & How a Truly Great Man is Inaugurated

The Moderate We Need: Why I’m voting for Bernie Sanders in PA


At this point it is a cliché to point out the brokenness of the American political system. In the past eight years, we have seen the least productive Congressional sessions in our country’s history, and have watched as even the most routine political acts are turned into controversial sideshows. What we need is not ideology, … Continue reading The Moderate We Need: Why I’m voting for Bernie Sanders in PA

Good Friday Creation & Re-Thinking “The Fall”


Each year during Lent, I press all the more deeply into a motif that appears throughout the Bible: that in some mysterious way, the God of the Universe has had a “slain” and “suffering” aspect to his nature for all eternity–even before the world came into being. When this world did come into being, the Bible … Continue reading Good Friday Creation & Re-Thinking “The Fall”

Acorns: The only way I’ve been able to save money


First off, no, this isn’t some “Sponsored Post”. But yes, I am passing off a link that could get me and you $5 for free. (So is this a sponsored blog post then? I don’t know.) Anyway, this blog is mainly about big things, deep things, human things. Religion, Culture, Politics, Cities, Justice, Beauty, and others. But … Continue reading Acorns: The only way I’ve been able to save money

How Preaching Saved Me from Evangelicalism’s Bible


If I’ve learned anything the past few years, it’s that Evangelical Fundamentalism is absolutely right: as I’ve embraced more and more what conservatives often label a “liberal” view of the Bible, it really has negatively affected my spiritual and devotional life. When you think the Bible is itself the “infallible, inerrant, Word of God”–when you think that the … Continue reading How Preaching Saved Me from Evangelicalism’s Bible