I was born in West Virginia and raised in South Central Pa. Starting in college, I worked with youth first in a church and then for five years with Young Life. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary, I spent 25 years as Presbyterian Minister, serving churches in Texas, New Jersey and suburban Philadelphia. I am a doctoral candidate at Drew University and have taught seminary classes in Church History, Biblical Studies, and Practical Theology. I have spent the last ten years involved in interfaith work, initially as a member of the national Jewish-Presbyterian dialogue team and most recently as a fellow with the Christian Leadership Initiative of AJC & Shalom Hartman Institute. I am currently consulting with non-profit and faith based organizations, mentoring professionals and giving spiritual direction. I am also the Director of Adult Education and Stewardship at Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. I have a growing family, whose latest addition is a grandson Dominic Valentine, born 10/16/14.
April 23rd, 2017 | 30 mins
In this episode we talk about "the myth of the Christian worldview" inspired by a recent podcast interview with Molly Worthen and an op-ed piece she wrote for the NY Times.
April 21st, 2017 | 39 mins 30 secs
This is our first "Bullgeschichte" where we invite a friend or colleague to chat with us about something on our minds. Our first guest is Josh Retterer. We talk with him about Christendom, Constantinianism and how these terms are used today, and whether they're helpful.
April 18th, 2017 | 33 mins 7 secs
In a recent NY Times Op-ed piece Peter Wehner writes: "Over breakfast with a social psychologist I know, I asked him what constructive contribution Christians could make to public life. An atheist who finds much to admire in religion, he answered simply: 'Humility.'" We reflect on that exchange a bit in the podcast.
April 14th, 2017 | 24 mins 33 secs
In this podcast we reflect on Holy Saturday, the day between Christ's death and Resurrection, and what it means for Christian existence and identity.
April 10th, 2017 | 34 mins 34 secs
In this episode we tackle the thorny questions about the historical Jesus and the Christ of Faith.
April 7th, 2017 | 36 mins 53 secs
In this Friday Night Lights episode we talk about Leslie Newbigin, epistemology, Syria, Don Rickles and Barry Manilow. Enjoy!
April 3rd, 2017 | 29 mins 27 secs
In this episode we talk about Karl Barth's understanding of the relationship of Law and Gospel, inspired by this piece: http://postbarthian.com/2017/03/31/gospel-law-karl-barth-relationship-law-gospel/#KarlBarth.
March 31st, 2017 | 33 mins 13 secs
In our weekly Friday Night Lights show we answer a question that the one and only Benson Shelton posed to us via Facebook. He's an Episcopal priest and a certified ninja.
March 27th, 2017 | 31 mins 3 secs
In this episode we discuss the recent Time Magazine cover story "The Death of Truth?"
The article we discuss can be found here: http://time.com/4710614/donald-trump-fbi-surveillance-house-intelligence-committee/?xid=homepage&pcd=hp-magmod.
March 25th, 2017 | 29 mins 25 secs
In this episode we talk about the increasing intolerance that seems to be arising on the cultural left today. As a specific example we consider a recent controversy involving Princeton Seminary and Tim Keller.
March 20th, 2017 | 32 mins
We continue talking about the work of Tomas Halik and what loving God looks like in a today's day and age.
March 18th, 2017 | 27 mins 35 secs
We continue to talk about Tomas Halik, love, and what love looks like in what seems like tumultuous times.
March 15th, 2017 | 32 mins 21 secs
We continue talking about love, inspired by Tomas Halik.
March 13th, 2017 | 27 mins 12 secs
In this episode we give a response to Rod Dreher's "Benedict Option", inspired by Tomas Halik.
March 11th, 2017 | 28 mins 53 secs
We continue to reflect on the nature of love, inspired by the work of Tomas Halik.
March 9th, 2017 | 27 mins 2 secs
In this episode we keep talking about love. And we recorded it on Scott's birthday.