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April 2 2016, 11AM

The following is the paper I delivered at Subverting the Norm 3, this past November, which I thought would be relevant given the discussion about the sequel to the film God’s Not Dead debuting this past week. You’ll Have to Pry Christendom from ... [blog posts]

November 4 2015, 5PM

I heard while traveling today to the Subverting the Norm III conference that René Girard passed away.  I had been told by Michael Hardin, who is close to the family, that he had been ill for some time.   I first encountered Girard’s work when a ... [blog posts]

July 20, 7PM

I was interviewed by Tripp Fuller for his Homebrewed Christianity Podcast; the link to the podcast is here.  We discussed radical theology in the church, some of my current ministry work, and my forthcoming book, The World is Crucifixion and my earlier ... [blog posts]

July 7, 12 PM

Carl Raschke interviewed me for the Global Arts and Ideas Network’s Critical Conversations, about some of my church practice and my forthcoming book, The World is Crucifixion, a second book on preaching the death of God.  The video is up on the Yo... [blog posts]

March 20, 8AM

As some of you might know, I have been for several years a copy editor for the journal Methodist History. This peer-reviewed journal regularly has articles on the history of global missions, various aspects of the Wesley families, stories of defunct coll... [blog posts]

February 27, 6AM

The Subverting the Norm conference series is unique in bringing theologians, philosophers, and religious studies scholars together with religious practitioners to encourage collaborative conversations about how continental philosophy can both inspire radi... [blog posts]

December 29 2014, 4AM

As I am finishing up my second lectionary preaching book, tentatively titled The World is Crucifixion and under contract, for the first time in my preaching ministry I am going completely off-lectionary for a series on the strangest or weirdest stories in... ["the church"] [Sermons]

December 16, 12 PM

This is the draft of this coming Sunday’s sermon at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Dallastown, PA.  I took a few ideas from John Vest’s sermon, “Who Are You?” and some things I’m working through in Catherine Kel... [blog posts]

October 18, 5AM

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk in the past weeks about the future of seminary education, which has been prompted by scandals at a handful of fairly prominent East Coast seminaries.  Information for some of these scandals has been kind of hard to c... [blog posts] ["the church"]

October 17, 6AM

AUFS reader, Aimee Quesada, passed along this link with a great interview with the late D. G. Leahy.  Here it is.Filed under: blog posts [blog posts] [death of God]

August 22, 8AM

Here is my draft for my upcoming sermon at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Dallastown, PA.  The lection is Matthew 15:21-28 (Jesus and the Canaanite Woman) and I will be using this video of Bill Cosby explaining black epistemology video in th... [blog posts]

August 16, 11AM

Thomas Altizer asked that I pass this along on here. “America and the Death of God” by Thomas J. J. Altizer Our most revolutionary prophet, William Blake, in his first prophetic poem, America (1793), enacted the American Revolution as the init... [blog posts] [Altizer] [Christian Theology] [death of God] [William Blake]

August 14, 8PM

Thomas Altizer asked me to pass along a few things in honor of D. G. Leahy.  The first is an article, “Apocalypticism and Modern Thinking,” originally published in the Journal for Christian Theological Research 2.2 (1992), par. 1-27. “... [blog posts] [Altizer] [Christian Theology] [death of God] [nihilism]

August 8, 8PM

Word is circulating that radical theologian D. G. Leahy passed away yesterday.  He is probably best known to AUFS readers as someone whose thought has been enormously influential on Thomas Altizer, just as Altizer’s writings deeply influenced Leahy... [blog posts] [Christian Theology] [death of God] [obituaries]

July 16, 10AM

Series Announcement: Intersections: Theology and the Church in a World Come of Age Published by  Noesis Press (Davies Group, Publishers) Description: Theological discourse typically teeters between obscure, abstract thinking suitable only for academics a... [blog posts] ["the church"] [Books] [Christian Theology] [Shameless Promotion]

July 5, 7AM

There is a lot of blogging and writing, and tearing of shirts, and pointing of fingers in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell case (see info here), but I just had an observation.  If Conestoga Wood, whose headquarters are located in... [blog posts]
There is a lot of blogging and writing, and tearing of shirts, and pointing of fingers in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell case (see info here), but I just had an observation.  If Conestoga Wood, whose headquarters are located in... [blog posts]

June 18, 9PM

Here is the draft of a sermon I am working on for this Sunday for St. Paul’s UCC, Dallastown, PA.  The Lections are Psalm 8 and Exodus 20:1-20.  The sermon will begin a new nine-month focus on peace in my congregation’s worship life. I have ... [blog posts] ["the church"] [Girard] [peace] [Sermons] [violence]
Here is the draft of a sermon I am working on for this Sunday for St. Paul’s UCC, Dallastown, PA.  The Lections are Psalm 8 and Exodus 20:1-20.  The sermon will begin a new nine-month focus on peace in my congregation’s worship life. I have ... [blog posts] ["the church"] [Girard] [peace] [Sermons] [violence]

May 23, 7AM

After having some technological difficulty the Dallastown Theological Summit welcomed Carl Raschke to discuss the theme of the Eucharist last weekend, via Facetime. The summit was not well attended–unintentionally scheduled against the local UCC sem... ["the church"]
After having some technological difficulty the Dallastown Theological Summit welcomed Carl Raschke to discuss the theme of the Eucharist last weekend, via Facetime. The summit was not well attended–unintentionally scheduled against the local UCC sem... ["the church"]

May 21, 8PM

Several of us at are involved in Mike Grimshaw’s new edited volume, The Counter-Narratives of Radical Theology and Popular Music: Songs of Fear and Trembling, from Palgrave Macmillan’s Radical Theologies series.  Clayton Crockett has an essay... [blog posts]
Several of us at are involved in Mike Grimshaw’s new edited volume, The Counter-Narratives of Radical Theology and Popular Music: Songs of Fear and Trembling, from Palgrave Macmillan’s Radical Theologies series.  Clayton Crockett has an essay... [Books] [death of God] [music]

April 18, 11AM

The UCC Theological Summit (“Dallastown II”) will convene on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown, PA.  The event will feature guest facilitation from Dr. Victor Taylor of Y... [blog posts]
The UCC Theological Summit (“Dallastown II”) will convene on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown, PA.  The event will feature guest facilitation from Dr. Victor Taylor of Y... [blog posts]

March 14, 7PM

Some of you may know that I recently took a pilgrimage to the Holy Land through the generosity of the charitable work of the Grand Commandery of Knights Templar of the United States.  Hermit Commandery of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, of which I am a member, no... [blog posts]

February 27, 9PM

My first book of sermons, Too Good to Be True, is now published by Christian Alternative and is available through Amazon and good bookstores like Hearts & Minds Books.  The book features a foreword by Peter Rollins and an afterword by Thomas Altizer,... [blog posts] [Altizer] [Books] [death of God] [Girard] [publications] [Sermons] [Shameless Promotion]

January 21, 10AM

LIVING THEOLOGY: the eucharist in question The 2014 Dallastown UCC Theological Summit May 16, York County, PA CALL FOR PROPOSALS Description / Rationale:  In American Protestant churches, the practice of the sacrament of communion can vary intensively fr... [blog posts] ["the church"] [Call for Papers] [Conferences]

January 5, 12 PM

I preached this sermon this morning, the readings are the lectionary for Christmastide 2, Jeremiah 31:1-14 and John 1:1-18.  The sermon led into a celebration of communion. The prophet Jeremiah’s words characterizes the captors of the Jewish people, th... ["the church"] [Mary Daly] [Race] [Sermons]

January 2, 9AM

Two summers ago, at the Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity conference in Washington, DC, our U of Chicago Div school delegation–Thomas Bowen, John Vest, and myself–gathered for barbeque after Tony Campolo’s entirely disappoi... ["the church"] [Conference announcement]

December 23 2013, 1PM

  This is the draft for my short Christmas Eve homily, which will be delivered at the 11 PM service at St. Paul’s UCC in Dallastown, PA, tomorrow evening.  And, of course, I stole/cribbed the title from Laurel Schneider’s great essay in the ... [blog posts] [Laurel Schneider] [Sermons]

December 14, 9PM

The internets exploded in the past few days with the news story of Fox News reporter, Megyn Kelly, making an idiotic statement about Jesus and Santa both being white. While I appreciate (former CTS President) Susan Brooks Thistlewaite’s Washington Post ... [Race]

November 16, 9PM

In Sophocles’ Antigone our tragic heroine demonstrates to us what is regarded as one of the greatest moral principles of the Western world:  when the laws of the state require one to do something against one’s own religion, or when following one’s ... ["the church"] [Agamben] [Girard] [hierarchy] [homosexuality] [nihilism]

November 5, 7PM

I just learned from the announcement in the new Bulletin of the North American Paul Tillich Society that Robert Scharlemann passed away on July 10.  Scharlemann is perhaps best known for his phenomenal, standout monograph, Reflection and Doubt in the Tho... [blog posts]

September 5, 9AM

LIVING THEOLOGY: reclaiming the pastor as theologian the theological summit of the UCC 2030 Clergy Network September 13, 2013, York County, PA Schedule and Details 8:30 AM – Coffee 9 AM – Opening remarks; greetings 9:15 AM – Is Theology ... ["the church"] [Christian Theology] [Conference announcement]

August 31, 9PM

I am reading through the essays on the so-called analytic theology in the  new issue of the JAAR (18.3).  I have seen the fellowship announcements, sessions, and some publications in this new, seemingly emerging field. I am curious:  Is it just that ma... [philosophy]

August 8, 7PM

  LIVING THEOLOGY: reclaiming the pastor as theologian the theological summit of the UCC 2030 Clergy Network September 13, 2013, York County, PA Presenters:        Rev. LauraBeth Jones Armstrong, St. Luke’s UCC, Trappe, PA Rev. Liddy Barlow,... ["the church"] [Conference announcement] [Shameless Promotion]

July 23, 6AM

To be published by Christian Alternative, and featuring some sermons that began here on AUFS. Filed under: "the church", sermons, Shameless Promotion ["the church"] [Sermons] [Shameless Promotion]

June 25, 1PM

Partially because of the United Church of Christ’s General Synod gearing up, we’re extending the deadline to submit proposals to JULY 20 for the UCC theological summit, with special guest facilitator Jeffrey Robbins.  Here’s the updated... ["the church"] [Altizer] [Conference announcement]

June 18, 3PM

I am often asked for advice from people I know whose children are thinking about going to college or are “interviewing” for colleges, probably since I work part time in higher education and I guess I keep on top on what is going on “in t... [Academia]

May 17, 6AM

The A. V. Club‘s Noah Cruickshank responded to their “AVQ&A” feature, this week asking what popular culture artifacts pull a bait-and-switch on their audiences, answering with Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.  I’ve b... [Altizer] [death of God]

May 10, 9AM

Word has been moving around the interwebs this morning about the passing of Otto Maduro, and Drew University’s Facebook page just announced his death.  Although I did not have him as a professor at Drew University, I did meet him and sat in some of... [liberation theology]