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When life isn’t a zero-sum game…

When life isn

I’m grateful for Charlie Collier, theological editor at Wipf and Stock, for many reasons, but today I’m thankful he told me to see the move Arrival. He had me when he said it had game theory in it. First off, the movie is great. Like…fantastic. So, if you haven’t seen it, you should. And you […]

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How Many Hats Does It Take to Solve A Pizza Problem?

How Many Hats Does It Take to Solve A Pizza Problem?

If you are in the DC area and interested in a slice of pizza, you might think twice before heading over to Comet Ping Pong. Thanks to an absurd fake news story claiming Comet Ping Pong is a cover for a massive Satanic pedophilia ring frequented by Democratic pols including Hillary Clinton, the restaurant has […]

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Singing to Elephants and the Weakness of Invulnerability

Singing to Elephants and the Weakness of Invulnerability

So, this may be falling under the rubric of “too soon”, but I’ve been doing some thinking from a behavioral theological perspective on Clinton’s electoral loss. Two things: first, I write this as someone who voted for Clinton and am extremely troubled by the specter of a Trump presidency; second, by framing this as “Clinton’s […]

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#BlackLivesMatter, Racial Bias, and Confirmation Bias

#BlackLivesMatter, Racial Bias, and Confirmation Bias

Philando Castile. Alton Sterling. Sandra Bland. Freddy Gray. Michael Brown. And so many more black people have been killed in encounters with police in America the last two years. Right now we are rightly talking about racial bias: implicit, learned biases that affect our understanding, perceptions, and actions below the level of our conscious awareness. […]

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Apophenia, Paradelia, and The Hot Hand…Oh My!

Apophenia, Paradelia, and The Hot Hand...Oh My!

Most people think they can tell when a process is random. Once, when I was at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse building in downtown Portland (surprisingly to serve as a juror not as defendant) four groups of jurors were called forward to be impaneled. One of the groups was overwhelmingly composed of women. A guy […]

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Making the Invitation; Or Dropping Keys to All the Beautiful, Rowdy, Prisoners

Making the Invitation; Or Dropping Keys to All the Beautiful, Rowdy, Prisoners

Two friends from seminary recently shared an incredibly beautiful story about their family. I didn’t know Mac and Katy that well in seminary- they were seniors when I was just starting. I remember Mac the best. He was tall and had this huge, beautiful mane of long, blond hair. Their family now lives in Raleigh, […]

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Gathering the Harvest: Fundraising, Poetry, and Thankfulness

Gathering the Harvest: Fundraising, Poetry, and Thankfulness

Everything is Waiting for You Your great mistake is to act the drama as if you were alone. As if life were a progressive and cunning crime with no witness to the tiny hidden transgressions. To feel abandoned is to deny the intimacy of your surroundings. Surely, even you, at times, have felt the grand […]

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Practicing the Personal Art of Preaching

Practicing the Personal Art of Preaching

When I was in junior high school one day my friend, Jay Wiley, said, “I feel like Taco Bell for lunch.” I stared at him like he was from another planet. We were in Middle School. We weren’t allowed to leave the school grounds for lunch. And I was a good kid. Mostly. I certainly […]

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#CalledOut Into Robust Vulnerability

#CalledOut Into Robust Vulnerability

I was once told by someone I greatly respect that I should consider not being quite so vulnerable in the pulpit. He was genuinely concerned for me, saying that down deep people really want their leaders to appear strong and project a sense of certainty and confidence. Although he didn’t use these exact words I […]

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