Category: Conversations

What the Bible Says, or Doesn’t Say, About Homosexuality

Within Christian circles, the debate about homosexuality has been at the forefront over the past few decades. It is not that this issue was unheard of until recently, but that it was not the focus of so much attention. Much like the civil rights movement and the women’s movement, there was no problem as long […]

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Thoughts About the Interim Presidency

Phillips Theological Seminary is in a season of transition. Not so much in the understanding of our identity as a school offering theological education dedicated to learning the way of Jesus in order to cultivate vital congregations, communities, conversations, and the public good. Or in our core commitment to preparing Christian leadership for churches, non-profit […]

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Interpreting Faith in Public

A few years ago, I attended a conference of seminary presidents. At a workshop on crisis communications, we were advised to communicate with our publics regularly so that, in a crisis, constituents would recognize the seminary’s official “voice.” That workshop persuaded me to blog weekly, a task I’ve done for three years now. However, my […]

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Interpreting the Bible Against the Gospel

An Egyptian official from 4,000 years ago: Joseph’s people were such ingrates. My country took in caravans of Semites who were starving. We fed them. We gave them room to grow. The problem is we were too good to them. They multiplied like rats. Their numbers threatened to overwhelm the Egyptian population. After so many […]

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Deeper Repair

I nodded off in church on Sunday (okay, that’s a fiction, but go with it, please) and, immediately, I fell into a dream. In the dream, I walked into a building I knew was a church. I don’t remember how the outside of this church looked. And I did not get beyond the entryway before […]

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More Fred Rogers, Please

Fred Rogers, known to generations of children and their parents, as Mister Rogers, was a Presbyterian minister. His show, begun in 1968, embodied much of old mainline Protestantism at its best. Without naming the Name, he walked the walk, in public spaces, and taught more what the way of Jesus by living it than most […]

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