Domesticated ChickenFest West 2015

In less than three weeks, the most stupendous, restful, encouraging, restorative festival of spiritual refreshment and renewal ever devised by human minds will be taking place in Big Basin Redwood State Park. That’s right, friends. It is almost time, once again, for Domesticated ChickenFest West! This year the theme is Health. Mental health. Spiritual health. […]


Fuller’s Statement

On Facebook, Fuller posted what appears to be a response to Monday’s blog in which I announced our looming separation. I have reproduced it below. The middle paragraph contains the following: “We seek to remain committed to civil discourse on the most important topics of our day while training women and men for the manifold […]


Fuller and Me

Being a professor at a theological institution is complicated. Especially when you work out a lot of your theology in public, as I do on this blog. When you blog you are never your own person. You are a voice speaking from somewhere. That somewhere stands in the background, and you are its voice. Last […]


Gay Marriage: The Law of the Land

I confess, I’m a little surprised. The Supreme Court actually issued a ruling dealing with the substance of the question. It didn’t appeal to technicalities or procedural issues. The Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. It has been awhile since I’ve dealt with the civil side of this issue on my blog. […]


Were You There? Liturgy After Charleston

At The Table we use Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals as the structure for our service. The readings, song, and litany could not have been better for a day in which the church must lead its people, not only in mourning, but in confessing the racism that continues to infect us. For today, […]


In the wake of the Charleston attack, there has been a fantastic collaborative compiling of resources pouring out over Twitter. Follow the #CharlestonSyllabus hashtag for a rich feast of resources to get up to speed on the racist legacy that still haunts our hearts and our country. #charlestonsyllabus Tweets


Rule of Law and U.S. Incarceration Rates

Here are a few things I learned today: The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any country in the world. (With the exception of Seychelles, whose 780something prisoners in a country roughly the size of Bend, Oregon, gives it top billing.) Our nearly 700 prisoners per 100,000 people is five and a half […]