Flaws & All, Let’s Have More Like Reza Aslan’s “Zealot”

The book is a basically a mixture of rehashed historical Jesus work and quite good creative non-fiction. In short, it works pretty well as a relatively gripping overview of Jesus’ life. It has flaws, but I’m willing to forgive Aslan’s foibles. I’m so hungry for smart public discussion of religion, perfection is the furthest thing from my mind.

A few publications to plug shamelessly

The last few weeks have been a quieter time for the blog, unfortunately, but at least I can report on a few dead tree publications that have come out in the last few weeks. Here’s the details…

Adjusting to Summer, Professor Style

This is my first summer “off” as a professor. So far I’ve learned: it’s definitely not “off.”

Big News! I’m editing a book on faith & college

Here’s some pretty fun news to share: I’m editing a book on wrestling with faith and college! Yes…a real book, full of young adults’ stories, edited by me, and published by the Alban Institute. I’d love your help in getting the word out that I’m accepted essays. Please share this post with your young-reflective-writer-type-friends-and-relations, or better yet, share this page describing the Call for Submissions.

5 Ways New Media Has Changed the Way I Think (and Write)

5) Lists get hits. Opine all you like about our short attention span and the decline of critical thinking, but there’s something about a top five or top ten list that entices people to read. So, I sometimes write posts with lists (like this one). But hey, it’s not just a new media thing: God […]

Signs That the End Is Near, Mark 13:1-8

A commentary of mine went up this week on Mark 13:1-8, Sunday’s gospel lectionary text. The piece is for the Odyssey Networks ON Scripture series — they do great work! It post appears at ON Scripture, Huffington Post, and Day1.org (talk about multi-platform publishing, Odyssey Networks). A teaser sentence is below. For the full piece, visit the other […]

New Media Project: “Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor”

It’s an honor to write a few posts for the New Media Project. If you don’t know their research and case studies on church life and new media, check it out today. Today’s post is entitled, “Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor” I’ve posted an excerpt below: Twitter mob attacks religious studies professor Adam Copeland, guest […]

Hopes and fears from Collegeville

A post from the Collegeville Institute, Summer Writing Program: Theology in the Real World with Kathleen Norris “What are our hopes and fears for the week?” Kathleen asks us Sunday night as the shadows fall and the mosquitoes fly. “Write them down. We’ll share them in the morning.” Fears? Fear are easy. Anxiety is one […]

No Need for Church | The Christian Century

An essay of mine, “No Need for Church: Ministry with young adults in flux” is published in the Feb 8, 2012 edition of The Christian Century. A teaser is posted below, which is also available to all readers on the Century website. To read it in full, find a dead tree edition, or subscribe and […]