Essays, Opinion, Reviews



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Unplanned Pregnancy, Unplanned Grace, Christianity Today, April 2015.


Sometimes Black Sons Have White Mothers, On Faith, December 2014.

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

No Sea in Heaven, The Other Journal, October 2014.

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

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

Best Books for Business: I Beg to Differ, The High Calling, September 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.

An Unlikely Mentor, The High Calling, February 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 March on Washington: A Personal Anniversary, Image Journal, August 2013.

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

Eep in THE CROODS, Slate, March 2012.

Embracing Change with THECROODS, The High Calling, March 2013.

Have You Hugged a Journalist Today? The High Calling, March 2013.

Visiting My Own Grave, Image Journal Good Letters blog, February 2013.


Down with Thanksgiving Shopping! Maybe. NJShorePatch, November 2012.

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

When Storms Come, Faith & Leadership, November 2012.

Recapturing Innocence With Ang Lee, The High Calling, November 2012.

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

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

What Does It mean to Be ‘Pro-Life’? UrbanFaith, July 2012.

Responsibility and the Affordable Care Act, UrbanFaith, July 2012.

Questions for Conservatives About Healthcare Reform, UrbanFaith, July 2012.

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

An Ode to the Jersey Shore, Jersey Shore Patch, February 2012.


When the Abuse Isn’t So Clear, UrbanFaith, November 2011.

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

Protesting Greed in the Shadow of 9/11, Urban Faith, October 2011.

Doing Unto Islam as We Would Have Done to Christianity, NJ Shore Patch, July 2011.

Authentic Voices, Urban Faith, July 2011.

I’ve Already Been Left Behind and Life Is Good, The Huffington Post, May 2011.

Revisiting Islamophobia after bin Laden’s Death, NJ Shore Patch, May 2011.

Is It Right or Wrong to Celebrate the Death of Osama bin Laden? NJ Shore Patch, May 2011.

A Year of Plenty: On the Failures of Lent and the Bounty of Spring, NJ Shore Patch, April 2011.

Retreating into a Sense of Calling, NJ Shore Patch, April 2011.

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

Grieving a Suicide, 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.

How I Learned to Love a Show about Mormon Polygamy, Her.meneutics, March 2011.

When Tragedies Are too Big to Absorb, How Do We Find and Give Comfort? The Huffington Post, March 2011.

A Lenten History Lesson, NJ Shore Patch, March 2011.

Live Action, Planned Parenthood, and a Year of Change, Her.meneutics, February 2011.

Deceit and Hidden Cameras in the Abortion Debate, The Huffington Post, February 2011.

I’m a Child of Urban Ministry, Literally and Spiritually, reprinted from Urban Faith at The Huffington Post, January 2011.

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

Finding Comfort Where None Is To Be Found, The Huffington Post, January 2011.

A Tarnished Silver Anniversary, Her.meneutics, January 2011.


The Abortion Debate: Open Hearts, Open Minds and Tragedy As a Fair Minded Word, 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.

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

Leaving the Circus for the Jersey Shore and Finding a More Nourishing Faith, The Huffington Post, August 2010.

I’m a Child of Urban Ministry, Urban Faith, June 2010.

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

From Unemployment to Over-Employment: A Means of Healing & Grace, The High Calling, April 2010.

Introverts for Jesus, Unite!, Christianity Today, January 2010.


Dave Ramsey, Megan McArdle, and Jesus, Her.meneutics, December 2009.

Penny Pinching as a Christian Virtue? Her.meneutics, October 2009.

This Is Your Brain on Evangelicalism, Her.meneutics, October 2009.

The Case for Male Circumcision, Her.meneutics, September 2009.

Running in the Shadow of 9/11, Her.meneutics, August 2009.

Corrupt Clergy and Forgiveness, Her.meneutics, July 2009.

Neda: More Than Her Death, Her.meneutics, June 2009.

Education in Color, UrbanFaith; reprinted at, June 2009.

An Apologetic for Ink, Her.meneutics, April 2009.

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

Dechipering a Religion Journalist’s Deconversion, Her.meneutics, April 2009: Review of William Lobdell’sLosing My Religion.

Faith Without Work, The High Calling, April 2009.


Sorrow, But no RegretsChristianity Today, July 2007 [nominated, 2008 Evangelical Press Association award, “Devotional” category.]


See No Evil, Christianity Today, January 2005


A Laughing Child in Exchange for Sin, Christianity Today, February 2004 [reprinted in Opposing Viewpoints: Religion and Sexuality, Gale Cenage Learning, 2007.]