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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

#CharlestonSyllabus

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

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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 […]