Religion


Thinking as Worship   Recently updated!

This past summer I wrote a series of devotions that were published on the Emerging Scholars Network blog1. Over the course of this week I will published them here on Targuman. I encourage you to take a look at ESN and consider supporting and contributing yourself. We will be holding a meet-up at this SBL this […]


Das Denken ist auch Gottesdienst 3

UPDATE: Now almost 7 years since I first posted this @jasonstaples has offered a source for the earliest citation! I have to say, it is more concise than the source I cite below.1 The citation is found in volume 1 of the “International Journal of Ethics,” October, 1890, January, April, and July, 1891. It is an article by J. H. Muirhead, […]


Protest Preachers and Prophets

I wrote this for the class blog, but thought it worth reposting here.  Every spring we take the Presidential Leadership Academy on a trip to some location to consider the leadership challenges facing that community. This year we took a different approach. We are visiting key sites of the Civil Rights Movement including Atlanta, Birmingham, […]


I (don’t) believe; help my (un)belief!

The reference to Mark 9:24 came to mind when reading this Jesus And Mo comic. For those not familiar, J&M is written by an anonymous author (for her/his protection) and is very anti-religion. Often the strip has very prescient and insightful comments and there is always truth in it. I am well aware of the research […]


Peace at Christmas

First, yes, the video below is ultimately an advert by a UK grocery chain. That being said, it marks (and does so beautifully) a rare moment in history, an actual event of peace and humanity that intruded into the atrocities of the War to End All Wars. One hundred years ago, in the midst of that […]


Disgraceful Desecration Of Boalsburg Cemetery

Our son Mack is buried in this beautiful and historic cemetery. Many of the graves go back to the 18th century and is concerned by many to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. (The picture of the “three widows” commemorates that original, impromptu Civil War remembrance.) We chose this cemetery because on one side of it are soccer […]


There’s Passion and then there is Passion

In Oxford, they seem unable to tell the difference. (We lived on Cowley Road for three years.) Oxford City Council apologises for cancelling Passion Play ‘it mistook for live sex show’ A council has apologised after it cancelled a Good Friday Passion Play because it thought it was a live sex show. Oxford City Council […]