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Pope Francis Closes Ireland Visit With Appeals to Divided Catholics
, Religion News Service, August 2018.

Irish Bishops Announce Divestment From Fossil Fuels Ahead of Pope’s Visit, Religion News Service, August 2018.

At World Meeting of Families, Catholic Leaders Address Sex Abuse Scandal, LGBT Inclusion, Religion News Service, August 2018.

Catholics Seek Encouragement as World Meeting of Families Opens in Dublin, Religion News Service, August 2018.

Billy Graham helped give white evangelicals a pass on civil rights — scholars, Religion News Service, March 2018.

The Shore After the Storm, Good Letters, January 2018.

In Camden, Signs of a City, and a Church, Moving Forward, Sojourners, March 2016.

Teaching Theology Down on the Farm, Faith and Leadership, February 2016.

Michael Curry Installed as Presiding Bishop of Episcopal Church, Urges the “Way of Love,” Sojourners, November 2015.

Why is Pope Francis asking people to pray for him? Religion News Service, October 2015.

Evangelicals Help Greet Pope Francis at the White House, Christianity Today, September 2015.

The Theory of Everything, and the Faith of Jane Hawking, The High Calling, November 2014.

Fury: The Beautification of Violence? Good Letters, October 2014.

‘Art and Craft’: When Bad Behavior Is Not a Choice, On Faith, October 2014.

Hope for the Afflicted: The Church and Mental Illness, Facts & Trends, July 2014.

‘Calvary’ Exclusive: The High Risks of Pursuing a Vocation, The High Calling, July 2014.

Ray Donovan Is the Best Religious TV Show You’re Not Watching, On Faith, July 2014.

Our Suicide Conversation Has to Change, On Faith, June 2014.

Women in Secularism Tell Their Ex-Fundamentalist Stories, The Huffington Post, May 2014.

Can Churches Separate Mental Illness and Shame, Christianity Today, March 2014.

The Black Nativity Lights Up the Screen With Stars and Spirit, UrbanFaith, November 2013.

He Loves Me Anyway: Black Nativity, Image Journal Good Letters blog, November 2013.

The Black Nativity Lights Up the Screen With Stars and Spirit, UrbanFaith, November 2013.

A Place of Hope for Professionals in Crisis, The High Calling, June 2013.

Because of the Women: Operation My People, North Parker, June 2013.

Pursuing Grace, Onstage and Off, Sojourners, June 2013.

Can Antisocial Leaders Succeed? The High Calling, May 2013.

Embryonic Stem Cell Breakthrough to Revive Cloning DebateChristianity Today, May 2013.

When the Boss Is a Narcissist, The High Calling, May 2013.

Treating Depression With Faith & Psychiatry, The Huffington Post, April 2013.

Forming Laity, for Life and Ministry, Faith & Leadership, January 2013.

Choosing an Executive Coach, The High Calling, January 2013.

Emotional Intelligence for Everyday Leadership, The High Calling, December 2012.

Roller Girls Recover in Championship Style, NJShore Patch, December 2012.

Managing the Disaster After the Disaster, NJShore Patch, November 2012.

Week One With Hurricane Sandy in Brick, NJShore Patch, November 2012.

Common Grace Flowing at the Jersey Shore, UrbanFaith, October 2012.

Micromanagement: Leadership Style or Pathology, The High Calling, October 2012.

When Politicians Want It Both Ways, UrbanFaith, October 2012.

Obama Lets Others Outshine Him in Charlotte, UrbanFaith, September 2012.

The GOP’s Multi-Racial Convention Stage, UrbanFaith, September 2012.

Evicted NYC Churches Win Again, UrbanFaith, July 2012.

‘Obamacare’ Prevails: Supreme Court Upholds Healthcare Law, UrbanFaith, June 2012.

Rev. Fred Luter Elected to SBC Presidency, UrbanFaith, June 2012.

Safe Families: A Refuge of Biblical Hospitality,  UrbanFaith, June 2012.

NYC Pastors Bring School Worship Ban Fight to Legislator’s Home, UrbanFaith, June 2012.

Religion + Life with Elaine H. Ecklund: International Attitudes, The High Calling, May 2012.

A Funky Retirement: Celebrating Cornel West, UrbanFaith, May 2012.

Doing College Diversity Well, UrbanFaith, April 2012; republished at The Huffington Post, July 2012.

Religion + Life with Elaine H. Ecklund, Part 4: Worshiping Science, The High Calling, April 2012.

Cory Booker’s ‘Come to Jesus’ Heroism, UrbanFaith, April 2012.

Prayer Mentioned at Zimmerman Arrest Press Conference, UrbanFaith, April 2012.

Religion + Life with Elaine H. Ecklund, Part 3: Myth Busting, The High Calling, April 2012.

A Note of Grace in Sugarhill Gang’s Sad, Angry Film, UrbanFaith, March 2012.

Religion + Life with Elaine H. Ecklund, Part 2: Boundary Pioneers, UrbanFaith, March 2012.

In Pursuit of Cory Booker, UrbanFaith, March 2012.

Religion + Life with Elaine H. Ecklund, Part 1, The High Calling, March 2012.

What Do You Love About the Black Church? UrbanFaith, March 2012.

The Challenge of Diversity on Christian College Campuses, UrbanFaith, March 2012; republished at The Huffington Post, April 2012.

NYC Churches Win Reprieve, UrbanFaith, February 2012.

Defending President Obama’s Faith, UrbanFaith, February 2012.

Taking Aim at Technology Instead of the Problem, The High Calling, February 2012.

Democracy Usurped in Benton Harbor, UrbanFaith, February 2012.

Saying Goodbye to Whitney Houston, UrbanFaith, February 2012.

Speaking Up for Homeless NYC Churches, UrbanFaith, January 2012.

Can the Tea Party and Occupy Movements Find Common Ground? UrbanFaith, January 2012.

A Quarter Century of Jersey Shore HIV/AIDS Response, Jersey Shore Patch, January 2012.

Aging Well with Dr. Dan Blazer, Part 5: Social Supports & Storytelling, The High Calling, January 2012.

NYC Worship Protests Intensify, January 2012, UrbanFaith.

Celebrating Dr. King with Service, January 2012, UrbanFaith.

Politics Are Personal: January 2012, UrbanFaith.

Aging Well with Dr. Dan Blazer: Geriatric Depression, January 2012, The High Calling.

Which Is the Better Story? Image Journal Good Letters blog, November 2012.

When Storms Come, Faith & Leadership, November 2012.

Meeting Dad in Bill Milliken’s Rearview Mirror, UrbanFaith, August 2012; The Hufffington Post, October 2012.

A Note of Grace in Sugarhill Gang’s Sad, Angry Film, UrbanFaith, March 2012.

Aging Well with Dr. Dan Blazer, Part 3: The Role of Perception in Geriatric Health, The High Calling, December 2011.

Court Says No to Worship in SchoolsUrbanFaith, December 2011.

Aging Well with Dr. Dan Blazer, Part 1, The High Calling, December 2011.

Sponsoring a Response to HIV/AIDS, UrbanFaith, December 2011.

Delegations Says HB 56 Is Racist, UrbanFaith, November 2011.

Blacks Are Better Off, New Measure Says, UrbanFaith, November 2011.

CNN’s “Silicon Valley” Special Ignites Race Debate, UrbanFaith, October 2011.

The White House & Black Unemployment, UrbanFaith, October 2011.

A.R. Bernard: Sanctifying Customer Service, Urban Faith, October 2011.

Integrating Faith & Psychiatry, Part 3: Narcissism, The High Calling, September 2011.

Black Churches Buck Trends, Urban Faith, September 2011.

“Machine Gun Preacher” Poses tough Questions, Urban Faith, reprinted at The Huffington Post,  September 2011.

Integrating Faith & Psychiatry, Part 3: Narcissism, The High Calling, September 2011.

9/11 Lessons in Civil Religion, NJ Shore Patch, September 2011.

Jesus, Bombs, & Ice Cream, Exploring Intersections, September 2011.

How Did 9/11 Change Urban Ministry? Urban Faith, September 2011.

Jersey Shore Faith to Commemorate 9/11, NJ Shore Patch, September 2011.

Listening to 9/11 Stories, NJ Shore Patch, September 2011.

Allan Josephson: Integrating Faith & Psychiatry, Part 1, The High Calling, September 2011.

Denominations Pursuing Diversity, Urban Faith, August 2011.

Only a Number Takes Top Prize at Jersey Shore Film Festival, NJ Shore Patch, August 2011.

Faith at Work, Part 7: Putting It All Together, The High Calling, August 2011.

Who’s at Fault in the Debt Ceiling Debate? NJ Shore Patch, August 2011.

Balancing the Budget Debate, Urban Faith, August 2011; republished at The Huffington Post, August 2011.

Faith at Work, Part 6: Expressing Spiritual Values, The High Calling, August 2011.

The Debt Ceiling as Social Justice, Urban Faith, July 2011.

Faith at Work, Part 5: Drawing Enrichment from Deep Wells, The High Calling, July 2011.

Black-on-Black Politics, Urban Faith, July 2011.

Exuberant Hospitality at First Baptist Church, NJ Shore Patch, July 2011.

Faith at Work, Part 4: Turning Corporate Leadership Upside Down, The High Calling, July 2011.

Celebrating the King James Bible, NJ Shore Patch, July 2011.

Faith at Work, Part 3: Uncompromising Ethics, The High Calling, July 2011.

Authentic Voices, Urban Faith, July 2011.

Faith at Work, Part 2: Avodah and the Faith at Work Movement, The High Calling, June 2011.

Graham’s Diversity Push Lives On, Urban Faith, June 2011.

Faith at Work, Part 1: Personal Journey Becomes Professional for David W. Miller, The High Calling, June 2011.

More God, Less Crime? Urban Faith, June 2011.

Compromise Keeps Neptune Graduation at Great Auditorium, Manasquan Patch, June 2011.

Chariot Riders Go for the Win at Spring Horse Show, Manchester-NJ Patch, May 2011.

What Have We Learned? Missional Theology in Practice, The High Calling, May 2011.

Ginger Ice Cream Spices Up Dessert Wars for the Win, Long Branch Patch, May 2011.

Thousands Attend Jersey Shore Will Graham Celebration, NJ Shore Patch, May 2011.

What Does the Missional Church Look Like? The High Calling, May 2011.

Memorial Hockey Game to Benefit Family of Late School Employee, Lacey Patch, May 2011.

May 21 Doomsday Message Is Doomed Say Local Clergy, NJ Shore Patch, May 2011.

What Does It Mean to Live Out Vocational Calling? The High Calling, May 2011.

What Does It Mean to Walk Worthily? The High Calling, May 2011.

Survey Will Determine Future of Community Education, Lacey Patch, April 2011.

What Does It Mean to Live a Missional Life? The High Calling, April 2011.

Clarence Clemons Asks: Who Do I Think I am? Manasquan Patch, April 2011.

Parents of Southern Ocean County Explore the Adolescent Brain, Lacey Patch, April 2011.

“Felon” Is the New N-Word, UrbanFaith, November 2011; republished at The Huffington Post, December 2011.

What Makes Those Roller Girls Skate? NJ Shore Patch, March 2011.

Lessons from Elite Leaders: A Theology of Power for the Workplace, The High Calling, March 2011.

Matthew C. Blum, 32, Forked River, Lacey Patch, March 2011.

Lessons from Elite Leaders: Speaking in Different Registers at Work, The High Calling, March 2011.

Lessons from Elite Leaders: Faith Postures in the Workplace, The High Calling, February 2011.

Race to Economic Recovery Goes to the Tortoise, NJ Shore Patch, February 2011.

Who Gets the Money? Urban Faith, February 2011.Reprinted at The Huffington Post, April 2011.

Lessons from Elite Leaders: Bearing Witness at Work through Generosity, The High Calling, February 2011.

Lessons from Elite Leaders: Mentors, Money, and Personal Development, The High Calling, February 2011.

Lessons from Elite Leaders: Limits, Accountability, & Marriage, The High Calling, February 2011.

Seeing ‘The Invisible’, Urban Faith, February 2011.

Connoiesseur for Christ: Roberta Green Ahmanson,Christianity Today, January 2011.

Evil Through the Eye of the Lens, NJ Shore Patch, April 2011.

Clarence Clemons Asks: Who Do I Think I am? Manasquan Patch, April 2011.

Out of the Darkness and Into the Light for Suicide Prevention, NJ Shore Patch, March 2011.

Education in Color, reprinted from Urban Faith at The Huffington Post, January 2011.

Flashes of Light in the Darkest Depths: The Faith and Life of Blind Photographer Pete Eckert, The Huffington Post, October 2010.

How Far Should Forgiveness Go? Christianity Today, October 2010.

Prosperity Gospel: Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide or What?, The Huffington Post, November 2010.

The Politics of Hunger, Urban Faith, October 2010; reprinted with permission, The Huffington Post, November 2010.

Flashes of Light in the Darkest Depths: The Faith and Life of Blind Photographer Pete Eckert, The Huffington Post, October 2010.

The Laborers Wages Are Few, Urban Faith, May 2010.

Pressing Past the Heartbreak, Urban Faith; reprinted with permission, The Huffington Post, September 2010; revised and reprinted at NJ Shore Patch, June 2011.

Art That Reveals Our Need for Grace, Her.meneutics, April 2010.

The Art of Ministry, Urban Faith, March 2010.

Beauty By Any Means Necessary, Exploring Intersections and shortened version at Her.meneutics, June 2009.

Nutrition for Nascent Human Life, Her.meneutics, May 2009.

In the Valley of the Shadow of SuicideChristianity Today, April 2009, with prevention sidebar.

Poverty is on the Agenda, Urban Faith; reprinted at Sojo.net, April 2009: report on Mobilization to End Poverty.

The Fragility of Truth and Other Inescapable Facts: report on Princeton University Project on Fragility lecture, Exploring Intersections, February 2009.

In the Valley of the Shadow of SuicideChristianity Today, April 2009, with prevention sidebar.

SomeThoughts on Substance @ SaddlebackGoodnight SaddlebackSaddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency 5pm,Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency 2 pm: reports on Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency, Exploring Intersections,  August 2008.

Cheers to hESCs at CHOCWinding DownMonday Notes on hESCsFriday Fun with Religion, Science and the Press,hESCs at CHOC 2hESCs at CHOC: reports on NIH stem cell training course, Exploring Intersections, March 2008.

National Pastors Convention Wrap UpNational Pastors Convention Days 2-3National Pastors Convention Day 1, Exploring Intersections, February 2008.

PTSD/PTG: Two Sides of a Coin, Exploring Intersections, February 2008.

Religious Considerations and Democratic Pluralism, report on a lecture by University of Notre Dame philosopher Robert Audi, Exploring Intersections, January 2008.

The Science of Contemplation, report on a lecture by B. Allen Wallace, Exploring Intersections, January 2008.

Atmospherics, overview of the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Exploring Intersections, November 2007.

Emerging/Emergent San Diego, report from the Tony Jones, Scot McKnight, Diana Butler Bass seminar at the Amercian Academy of Religion annual meeting, Exploring Intersections, November 2007.

The Covenant with Black America, notes from the Tavis Smiley seminar at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Exploring Intersections, November 2007.

Living in a Secular Age, report from the Charles Taylor seminar at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Exploring Intersections, November 2007.

God in Public, report from N.T. Wright’s lecture at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, Exporing Intersections, November 2007.

Spirituality and Suicide Prevention, notes from a UC Irvine Psychiatry and Spirituality Forum lecture by Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., Exploring Intersections, November 2007.

Pigtail Ordinances at Doheny, report on Michael Olivas’ lecture in the USC series, “Opportunities and Challenges of Immigrant Integration,” Exploring Intersections, November 2007.

Public Diplomacy, report on USC Annenberg Lecture with James Kelman, senior public diplomacy advisor for the State Department’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, Exploring Intersections, October 2007.

Underreported Obstacles to and Issues with Potential HESC Therapies, Exploring Intersections, August 2007.

A Divine ConspiratorChristianity Today, September 2006.

Kate and Me on ImmigrationOrange County Register, April 2006.

A Delicate HospitalityChristianity Today, March 2006.

Ethics InterruptedChristianity Today, October 2005.

Missing the RuptureChristianity Today, May 2003.

The Little School in the Living Room Grows UpChristianity Today, September 2002.