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Jesus and the disciples in the upper room

Disbelieving and Still Wondering

Apr 14, 20248410 min read
No matter how profound the religious experience, no matter how seemingly convincing the proof, doubt is unexpungeable. Doubt is inescapable. It is a fact of faithful living. We Christians aren’t always comfortable with that idea. We’re not comfortable with the idea that doubt is okay or that doubt can be tolerated. We don’t know what to do with it because we’re afraid that admitting doubt is tantamount to admitting weakness in faith or admitting that we’re not faithful enough.
Cover of Delivering the Commonwealth

Something Otherworldly, and not in the Usual Way

Nov 18, 20232432 min read
November is National Novel Writing Month (#NaNoWriMo) in which thousands of aspiring novelists commit to writing 50,000 words of their attempt at the next Great American Novel. I am one of those aspiring thousands.
Video: A Religious Argument Against the Flat Earth

Video: A Religious Argument Against the Flat Earth

Jul 10, 20235621 min read
In a way, there is a religious fundamentalist quality to this globe-denialism, and it occurred to me that there is a quasi-religious foundation for people’s stubborn belief in a flat earth. I’m no scientist, but I do know religion, and so into the fray I jumped with a video entitled “A Religious Argument Against the Flat Earth.”
Image of St. Mark from an Armenian edition of the gospels

At Long Last: The Good News according to Mark

Mar 18, 202314757 min read
My primary aim in this book was to put before the reader a presentation of different levels of translation for this sacred text. In so doing, I hoped to allow the reader to see the fundamental strangeness of the text and its familiarity at the same time, and come to see just what it is that I have come to love about Mark’s gospel.
Billboard reading: "Where are you going, Heaven or Hell?"

The Shitty Theology Along I-95

Mar 9, 202310981 min read
On a recent road trip to through the South, I saw a series of billboards with religious message. These billboards were clearly part of a single theological viewpoint. And that theological viewpoint is terrible.