Why is Bassano’s Baptism painting set at night?

Bassanos Baptism

 I have always been intrigued by the setting of the great Venetian painter Jacopo Bassano's depiction of Jesus' baptism. For some reason Bassano painted the baptism at night. I found the move intriguing. It seemed full of poetic potential. I recently ran into some analysis of the work which I found particularly interesting. Here's Paolo Berdini on the painting: In Bassano’s Baptism of Christ, the night obscures those elements—the trees, the water of the Jordan River, and the river … [Read more...]

Podcast: What is the Liturgy

This week I had a chance to join a panel on liturgy for the Theologues Round-table Podcast... Take a listen!  … [Read more...]

8 Reasons Instruments Are Important to Worship


Last month one of my fellow Theologues contributors, Austin Maness, wrote up a piece encouraging people to consider worshiping without instruments. There is a rich heritage of vocal and a cappella music in the history of the Christian faith, both in the historical Eastern and Western Churches, and even among many of the Protestant movements.I think this is a rich tradition.The human voice is most certainly my favorite instrument, and I personally prefer unaccompanied music and pure chant … [Read more...]

Great Ways YOU Can Serve in Our Immigration Crisis

Great ways YOU can serve in Our immigration Crisis

I have recently been talking a great deal about the immigration issue.I highlighted the 5 things we need to fight for in immigration reform, I posted prayers to deepen our engagement, I offered biblical reflections on the topic so that we can adequately respond as people of faith to the issue.The response has been mostly positive, but many people have had a lot of questions about what they can do, and what they think our government should do. In response I set up a meeting with … [Read more...]

God, Guns, and Raising Kids in the Faith


This week I sat down with the Theologues guys to talk about violence, and raising kids. I thought I'd share the recording with you all. Take a listen and catch up with all the Roundtable recordings here! … [Read more...]

What is Catholic Social Teaching: A Discussion with Brandon Vogt

Catholic Social Teaching

This morning I am blessed to be in a conversation with Catholic author and new evangelist Brandon Vogt! His latest book highlights the ways that the Catholic Church engages in social justice guided by key teachings and affirmations of the Church. Take a look. We will be broadcasting right here. If you have any questions sent them to my twitter account http://twitter.com/BillyKangas I'd love your feedback... you can leave any comments you have below. … [Read more...]

#ProjectCST – Social Justice and the Family Community


I'm excited to be tuning into the latest #ProjectCST webcast which is starting in just a few moments. (Apparently there were some technical difficulties, and the broadcast will be rescheduled).If you're not familure with it, #ProjectCST is a project aimed at helping connect Millenials to the rich tradition of Catholic Social Teachings, and seeks to equip them to live these principles out in their daily lives. I encourage you to watch the video... the stream is going live as I post this so if … [Read more...]

Remember that Jesus was an Undocumented Child Refugee

Jesus refugee

Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph[h] got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”-Matthew 2: 13-15 … [Read more...]

Quiz: How well do you know the early Church Councils?


I made up this quiz that I thought the church history nerds might find fun. Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments below!   … [Read more...]