Blood Libel

A Quick Word on Anti-Semitism and Biblical Interpretation Because my friend, Biblical Scholar Par Excellence Eric Smith mentioned it, I found and read the “Manifesto” currently being attributed to John Earnest, the man accused of opening fire at Poway Chabad Synagogue in San Diego yesterday, killing one and injuring several others, including the congregation’s rabbi. […]

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I didn’t change

I didn’t change my clothes that day. Just home after a game of basketball. Tennessee hot, even in what should have been fall, made me sweat all the time even then. And then a scream on the other end of the landline (when we still had those) of grief and confusion. Seventeen years later, I […]

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The Kids On TV

My friend Erin Wathen asked me to guest blog on her Patheos site, Irreverin, this week. I decided to write about my experience with the young leaders of Chattanooga Students Leading Change. You can read my entry here.

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David Buttrick had the sort of rich, not-of-this-Earth voice that you expect from a professor of preaching. It was deep but it rang out, in the chapel, in the classroom, from whatever place he transformed into a pulpit. He was nearing the end of his career when I had him for class–“Theology of Proclamation and […]

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Introduction to Theodicy

She believed that evil was, ultimately, something banal. She liked to tell her students that she learned about original sin sharing a refrigerator with two roommates. The darkest cruelty she ever experienced was brushed off by a high school principal who would drink himself to death years later. “Boys will be boys,” he shrugged. “You’ll […]

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A Prayer for Orlando

Holy One It is a familiar grief that we bring before you How Long, O Lord must we etch out the same words? Words of sorrow Words of angry grief and words of disbelief at something that we watch happen again and again repeated like a sick litany of hate. We bring our shock, our […]

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