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Rob Lee
Rob Lee is a North Carolina native and incoming first year divinity student at Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Rob is received a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies with a minor in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University. He grew up in the United Methodist Church, but has sojourned with the Episcopal Church and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as well.

During his high school years, Rob attended the Duke Youth Academy at Duke Divinity School and the Youth Theological Initiative at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Rob was a delegate to the 2012 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, held in Tampa, Florida. He currently writes for a variety of North Carolina newspapers.

Rob is surrounded and supported by his younger brother Scott and his wonderful parents. Rob currently lives in Durham with his dog Lizzie, where oftentimes you can find him hanging out with friends or having a conversation on theology over a good cup of coffee. Find him on Twitter, @roblee4

Entries by Rob Lee

Facing Mental Illness With Faith

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:22 AM

I suffer from a mental illness. At times, it can be crippling and debilitating. I just spent six days in the hospital dealing with my illness. One of the doctors knew I am a divinity student and Christian minister and asked me as he was treating me, "Have you lost...

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Hail, Caesar! and Our Lenten Journey

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2016 | 12:14 PM

The other day my friend Patrick and I went to see the new Cohen Brothers' film, Hail, Caesar! It's a beautifully done film, chronicling a day in the life of 1950's Hollywood. Specifically, the life of Eddie Mannix, the head of physical production and studio 'fixer.' The film centers around...

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What the Church Can Gain From Watching Super Bowl 50

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2016 | 3:49 PM

It seems as if the institutional church is on a steep road down to nowhere. The latest numbers show church attendance is down and continues to go down across the board. We all know it, and we aren't doing much about it. At least that's what we've been told. I...

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Charlie Brown and the Incarnation

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 4:56 PM

Amidst the busyness of reading week and preparing for exams here at Duke Divinity School, I sat down this evening to watch the 50th anniversary special of A Charlie Brown Christmas. This hallowed tradition of Americana is engrained in all of our hearts and minds as something truly special for...

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A Protestant's Hope for the Roman Catholic Year of Mercy

(56) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 5:57 PM

Earlier this year, Pope Francis delivered a bull of indiction declaring a Holy Year of Mercy for the coming year. This special year for the Catholic Church is intended for Catholic adherents across the world to show mercy, as God is merciful to them. The celebration begins December 8th and...

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Faith and the Confederate Flag

(231) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 1:17 PM

My family bloodline is bound up in a dark part of American history. With a name like Robert Lee the question I undoubtedly receive most about my name is, "Are you related to him?" and the answer is yes, yes I am. I am a descendent of the Lees of...

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Jesus and the Immigrant Children

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:21 PM

This entire time we've been hearing about the number of children flocking to our country from Latin America I can't help but think of Jesus' words in the Gospel of Mark, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that...

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Family Guy and Faith: A Lenten Reflection

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 6:15 PM

There's an episode of Family Guy where Mort Goldman comes over to Peter Griffin's house and asks to borrow a crucifix, as Mort says, "Preferably one without the little fellow on it."

Doesn't that sound like the Lenten season? Lent is dark and messy, we don't like the image...

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How the Church Should Respond to the Shutdown

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 4:06 PM

For the first time in 17 years our nation is facing the complexities of a government shutdown. As we grapple with this newfound reality for a myriad of reasons people turn to religious institutions for answers. From the epicenter of the shutdown in DC to the far-reaching corners of this...

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Faith in Appalachia: A Lesson in Storytelling

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 11:32 AM

The cultural identity of the place I call home is about as complicated as the roads it takes to get here. I grew up in the shadow of the Appalachian Mountains, I attend a university that bears the name of this region, and I serve a church that has its...

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Psalm 46 and the Boston Marathon

(406) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Frederick Buechner's words daunting words ring true today, "Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid."

We've all heard the news today of the Boston Marathon explosions, we've all tuned in to watch the police, fire and bomb squads responding. It invokes memories of...

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Wilderness Survival: The Clock is Ticking

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2013 | 7:50 PM

Lent note: HuffPost Religion invites you to share your Lent reflections, experiences, stories and photos with us. Send them to and check out our Lent liveblog.

One of the most iconic stories we have to begin our Lenten journey is that of Jesus being tempted...

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