March 31, 2015

Churchnet Magazine on Annual Gathering

The latest issue of the Churchnet free digital magazine is out. The March 2015 issue focuses on the Churchnet's upcoming Annual Gathering, which will be April 24-25 at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City. In it are a couple photos I took, as well as co…
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March 27, 2015

Churchnet Annual Gathering

Next month I will be a keynote speaker at the Churchnet 2015 Annual Gathering. The gathering will be April 24-25 at First Baptist Church of Jefferson City. The theme for the weekend event is Share Hope: Building a Community of Peace & Reconciliation . I w…
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March 22, 2015

Your Metaphor's Burnt (And That's a Bad Thing)

As a kid, I enjoyed heading over to a friend's house to play video games (I didn't have a console at my house). One of them we often played was NBA Jam. A notable feature of the game was the "on fire" mode. After a player made three consecut…
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March 19, 2015

Book Review

Andii Bowsher, a chaplain at Northumbria University in England, wrote a review of my latest book, Sacramental Politics: Religious Worship as Political Action . Here are a couple highlights from his review : I have to say that one of the effects on me of readin…
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March 16, 2015

Love's Not Like a Hurricane

He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy I hate that song. It changes tense a lot (so I'm not sure if we're singing to or about God). It throws in lots of unexplained, underdeveloped, an…
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March 12, 2015


As my son celebrated his third birthday recently, I took some photos of him playing. He then wanted to use the camera. Although he's been allowed to take a couple of shots on a couple of previous occasions, this time I let him wander around and take as ma…
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March 11, 2015

Saving Time

I sent out my monthly email update  for March, which notes some of my recent publications. It also includes a short reflection about changing time. You can read the update here  and subscribe for future editions on the right column of this page.
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March 9, 2015

Forget Esther and Moses

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to win reelection (which he's currently losing) by speaking before (most of) the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. Breaking with protocol, Speaker of the House John Boehner invited Netanyahu to g…
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March 4, 2015

Words Can Kill

Last week, Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich committed suicide. A rising Republican political star who had recently announced his bid for Missouri governor, his death shocked politicians and journalists across the state. A good politician representing a win…
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March 3, 2015

Catholic Expert Depicts Pope as "Moderate in Extreme"

Next week marks the two-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis. Since that day when the white smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, Francis has sparked many headlines with his unique tone, style, and charisma. A new book by journalist a…
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