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A Lazarus Moment

A Lazarus Moment

Essie Dunbar had epilepsy. In 1915, when she was 30 years old, she suffered a massive seizure. A doctor declared her dead, and her funeral took place the very next day. Her sister arrived from out of town as the last shovelful of dirt landed on the grave. The sister...
Confessions of a Spiritual Late Bloomer

Confessions of a Spiritual Late Bloomer

The windows of his second-story office looked out over the quad. We were having what had become one of our regular afternoon philosophical chats. Dr. L- was my mentor. He had taken me under his wing in my first term at college. Any class he offered, I took. Eventually...
Love is not a Transaction

Love is not a Transaction

If you’re trying to please God, I really wish you would stop. That’s not what real love looks like. It’s just people-pleasing on a cosmic scale. And people pleasing misconstrues love as a transaction. People-pleasers are some of the nicest, most helpful people you’ll...

When Life Gets Murky

Each week a few devout atheists respond to my essays. Mostly on social media rather than on the blog or via email. Some of them want to engage in a genuine way. Others are snarky and dismissive and apparently want nothing more than to announce how dim I am. Recently,...
Where Do We Go From Here?

Where Do We Go From Here?

In the early hours of the third day, Mary Magdalene went with a group of women to Jesus’ tomb. They carried spices to anoint his shattered, lifeless body. At least, that’s how Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell the story. In John’s Gospel, Mary Magdalene arrives at the tomb...
Learning to See

Learning to See

Andrew uttered his first word when he was six months old. Joy was holding him on her lap. We were all sitting on the porch enjoying a Florida spring morning. Our black and white cat Calvin stretched his front paws up to Joy’s lap and studied our son attentively....