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    Pilgrim at Peachtree Creek

    The South Fork of Peachtree Creek at the crossing near the Old Decatur Water Works Some books wait for you to be ready for them, then they call. Elizabeth and I were married in the summer of 1991. When she moved into my apartment in Durham she brought a paperback of Annie Dillard’s Pilgrim at Tinker […]

    Phyllis Tickle: I lift mine eyes unto Abell 2744

    Phyllis Tickle (1934-2015) Phyllis Tickle died a month ago yesterday. I am very sorry to have never met her. For those who do not know, Tickle was a leader in the emergence (or emergent) church.  This is a species of Christianity that has appeared over the last several decades and is neither Protestant nor Catholic […]

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    Nadia Bolz-Weber on the physicality of God

    When I first heard that Nadia Bolz-Weber was coming to speak at my church next weekend, I wasn’t too disappointed that I won’t be in town for the event. Her persona, to me, is a little off-putting: the cussing, tattooed pastor. I mean, that’s interesting for about five minutes. But then I read yesterday’s Atlantic […]

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    Thoughts on my ordination

    Jack O’Brien (Sean Penn) finds reconciliation in the final scene of Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life. “There are two ways through life: the way of nature and the way of grace,” come the film’s opening words. “You have to choose which one you’ll follow.” The film’s deeper suggestion, and the hope of my life, is […]


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