Walking Thoughts

My Credo. Matter matters. All the creatures of God's good Earth matter. The poor of the Earth matter even more. And the whole cosmos matters infinitely. Everything I write here, in this pilgrimage of faith – these Walking Thoughts – is driven by this earthly but cosmic theological vision.

Book cover, church steeple through a window. The Church in a Postliberal Age

At one point in my book, Before Nature: A Christian Spirituality (Fortress 2014), I allude to my encounter with the Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Jesus Prayer – constant repetition of “Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner”Read More →

Dark night sky with bright Milky Way Galaxy stars in a swath down the middle of the image, in the foreground is the silohuette of mountains.

Students of American religious life have observed for decades that recent generations have been abandoning active Church participation in huge numbers. And those who are leaving are not joining other religious groups. They’re just leaving. Hence scholars call them “theRead More →

oil painting of dark rocks and a grey sky with ocean waves crashing up against the rocks showing white foam

Martin Luther once reflected, in his own down-to-earth way, about how to instruct new believers who already have faith in God as the Father, but who do not as yet believe in the whole Trinity. First, Luther said, encourage themRead More →

front porch with white pillars and a brick foundation and an American flag

Remember the good old days when you didn’t have to lock your doors? When kids could just run outside to play and their parents didn’t have to worry? Those were the days – or maybe not. A Columbia University researcher,Read More →

looking down over Fenway Park the baseball field, the sky is light blue with puffy clouds, the baseball diamond is a reddish soil, there are curves in the green grass from mowing

Sometimes the longest way ‘round is the shortest way there. I aim to talk about Fenway Park here, but first I want to take you around the world of biblical faith, mediated to us, in this case, through some traditionalRead More →

When I published my first book in ecotheology in 1970, Brother Earth, I was one of a very few theologians who were interested in this field. Things have changed, dramatically. More than fifty years later, hundreds of ecotheology works haveRead More →

crucifix hanging on a stone church wall, sculpture of Jesus hanging on the cross

Who would even think about praying all the time? But brace yourself. That’s not only possible. It can be a blessing. Over the years I have developed a practice of prayer, which opens up the promise, I believe, of whatRead More →

In the foreground are fir trees, covered in snow. Only the tops are showing. Over the trees we see hazy white mountains.

When my two kids were young enough so that I could carry both of them in my arms, I sometimes found occasions to pick them up, sing a random ditty that I’d make up on the spot, and dance inRead More →

A very young infant, lying on its back, crying. It's eyes are closed and its face is squinched up.

This may have happened to you. You’re at the airport, about to board your flight. People are milling around in the waiting area. Then everybody suddenly turns their heads and looks in the same direction. Why? Somewhere in the midstRead More →