“Clothe Yourself in Righteousness”…but Maybe Not Clothes.

Over the last week, I have been enjoying the Quaker-inspired songs of Jon Watts. He is a mixture of rap and folk. In many ways, it is more sermon than anything else.This one is title "Clothe Yourself in Righteousness." … [Read more...]

The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost Writer

Last night, Stephen Colbert took a crack at Bill O'Reilly's 60 Minutes interview about the book Killing Jesus. Take a look:I really appreciate Rule #1 of Christianity.Colbert's postmodern performance criticism continues to make me smile.What did you think? … [Read more...]

Jesuits and Metallica

I was wondering how I could justify sharing a Metallica appearance on the Colbert Report on a blog that deals with religion, politics, a social justice.Then my favorite Catholic Priest, Father James Martin, SJ popped in at 4:13.Well, it was a spiritual experience for me.For whom does the bell toll?Fr. Martin had been on earlier in the show to discuss Pope Francis.Check it out:Love is more important than the rules. … [Read more...]

“Hail to the ___________!” I Support a Name Change.

I have been a Washington Redskins football fan since I was 11.On PostTV of The Washington Post last week, Washington Post sports columnist Mike Wise and Oneida Indian Nation leader Ray Halbritter discussed the name Redskins.I have come to the point that I can no longer support the name "Redskins." I am a fan of the Washington football club. I still root for RGIII. However, I would love for the team to change their nickname. This is an amazing opportunity for owner Daniel Snyder to do … [Read more...]

What is Religious Freedom? A Brief Response

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced yesterday that it was initiating an effort to promote the freedom of religion.Here is a video title "What is Religious Freedom?" released by the LDS Church that addresses the meaning of the freedom of religion and the current status of the freedom of religion.A few quick points:1. I found it interesting that the video provided two arguments or philosophical foundations for the freedom of religion. The first was the natural … [Read more...]

This Song Should Be The American National Anthem (Hymns of Social Justice)

One of my favorite things to share as part of the Hymns of Social Justice series are covers of classic social justice anthems.For Patriot Day, I want to share with you Christian rock artist David Crowder performing Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land."Woody Guthrie presents to us in this song an aspirational vision of hope and longing for a more democratic America. He wrote it as a response to Irving Berlin's "God Bless America,"Today, Crowder's rendition … [Read more...]

I Belong to A Cult.

And I just can't get away from it!I just love the shiny temples.I am mesmerized by our founding prophet figure.Of course, I am talking about the Cult of Mac. Not sure what you might have had in mind.I am looking forward to tomorrow's session of General Conference...umm...I mean...iPhone Event. … [Read more...]