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Thinking about Santa Rosa

We're watching the fire in Wine Country closely, knowing that many people in that area have been affected. Westar's offices are no longer in Santa Rosa, nor are any of its employees. But we know of friends and fellows who have been affected, along with the residents of the towns through which the fire is [...]

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Peace where there is no peace

Will there be no peace? Following the Las Vegas attacks last week, Diane Feinstein beseeched the American people in the fight for gun control: "Help us,” she said. "We know the power that is on the other side. You have to stand up for this.” And then the NRA also stood up in support of a ban on bump [...]

"'m not sure to which category this old Bible (not KJV), belongs, but it was stiffly open to Joshua 18. I left it in its place, untouched, took only this photograph." -Photographer Patrick Feller

Backwards and Forwards

In Biblical Studies, there are two basic movements of criticism. The backward movement is the study of early units of developing tradition, and the forward movement is the study of later combinations of units into a larger, complex story. These two movements have names. The backward movement is called Form Criticism, and the forward movement is [...]

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Colin Kaepernick, Peaceful Protest, and Prophets Among Us

I taught a class on Prophetic Imagination in the Hebrew Scriptures this Sunday. When I teach on the prophets, I always ask: Are there prophets today? I point to people like Martin Luther King, Cornel West, Wendall Berry, Maya Angelou as those who performed or currently perform the task of truth-telling in our own time. Shortly after [...]

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Religious Change Denial: The Shifting of American Religion and Where to go From Here

There are climate change deniers. Though I do not know, likely most followers of Westar will say, "Tell me something I don't know." What about religion change deniers? Is there such a thing as religious change denial?