Category: Theology

  • Responses to Young Sheldon: Religion and Science

    Responses to Young Sheldon: Religion and Science

    In this first post in a maybe-series responding to theological questions and challenges Young Sheldon presents to Pastor Jeff, I respond to Pastor Jeff’s claim that “there’s a 50-50 chance that God exists” and Sheldon’s claim that the odds of God’s existence are zero.

  • Thoughts About Tradition, Scripture, and Authority

    I was thinking a lot about how I relate to tradition over Thanksgiving break, and I kept getting interrupted when I talked about it, so I decided to make it a blog post.

  • The City: A Short Story

    The other night I got a picture in my head of a man, staring at a shining city in disgust.

  • (Authenticated by) the Wounds of Love

    (Authenticated by) the Wounds of Love

    I was sick last Sunday, so I didn’t get to preach the sermon I had prepared. I’d been meaning to post it because I don’t think I will be in the same place next time the lectionary gives us this passage again. Also, this sermon is adapted for my blog’s audience and format, so it’s…

  • Finding God in Psalm 137

    Content warning: This Psalm is about people killing babies, and I am going to talk about that a lot. Psalm 137 is one of my favorite psalms in the whole Bible. This is unusual, I think, because unlike most people’s favorite psalms, 137 ends with a wish for the death of the children of the…

  • Has Hell Bent Your Moral Compass?

    I’ve been following the stories about ICE lately, separating parents from children, and recently in the city where I live, an unarmed Black teenager was shot by a police officer. There have been the usual displays of awfulness from Christians trying to put the teenager on trial after the fact, and of course the general…

  • Is There a Place for Male Professors at Seminary?

    Is There a Place for Male Professors at Seminary?

    Megachurch pastor and author John Piper has recently tweeted a blog post / podcast(?) in which he asks whether there is a place for female professors at Seminary. Truly, I could not believe what I was reading. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been out of The Dark World of Nonsense for such a long time. Or…

  • Why I Do/n’t Believe in the Resurrection*

    I have read the rational arguments for and against the resurrection of Jesus, and for and against a general resurrection. And I have to say that I find the arguments against both to be much more compelling. I want to briefly discuss a few reasons why I don’t believe in the resurrection, and then tell…

  • Who I Am Is Learning to Love Who I’ve Been

    Last week I wrote a story for my Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) group about “The Day My Heart Was Broken” about the day my first girlfriend broke up with me. When I wrote that story, I was very unkind about the things I did that I thought made her do it. I listed out the…

  • How to Choose Life

    Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:15-20 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become…