10 quotes from LAUDATO SI’ rocking my world

I’ve now had time to sink into Pope Francis’ new encyclical on “Care for our Common Home.” I hope to unpack more of it soon but there have been a few quotes from it that have been coming back to me over and over.  These are probably not the 10 things everyone needs to take away from the letter, but I think they might be the things I need to take seriously in my own life. Hopefully in the weeks to come I will be able to take some time to unpack the whole thing, but for now here are the highlights … [Read more...]

8 Questions Every Christian Should Ask of Political Candidates

The primary season is now well underway here in the United States. Candidates from both parties are entering into the 'ring' and as they do so the direction of our political campaign is beginning to form.  Right now candidates are listening closely. In the political climate of the 21st century the next president is often the one is able to first articulate a vision of the future that strikes the heart of the nation. Obama did it in 2008 with his message that change could indeed happen, and new … [Read more...]

My technological tabernacle

Yesterday I tried to turn on my computer. It wouldn’t boot. The windows logo just stayed there flashing over and over again.I tried a repair function: failureI tried a memory check: failureI tried to use a restore option: failureI tried to use a Windows 7 recovery disc: failureI put the hard drive in another machine to try recovery: failureI think we’ve all been in situations like this. The technology that we have come to rely on fails us. We come face to face with the fac … [Read more...]

How were your beliefs different… 2 years ago? 5 years ago?

Yesterday Kristy Burmeister asked me: What were you doing (life in general) and how were your beliefs different... 2 years ago? 5 years ago? 10 years ago? 15 years ago? 20 years ago? (BONUS) 30 years ago? I thought this would be an interesting exercise. As long time readers of this blog know, I have gone through a lot of theological shifts in the years this blog has existed. I started the blog as a Lutheran minister struggling to connect to the shifting cultural climate of the 21st century, … [Read more...]

Sex is meant to be mysterious sacramentally NOT biologically

Sex is a beautiful and complex part of human life. Sex is a communion of persons through which the very image of God, as community, is expressed. Sex is the most powerful way through which we participate in the generative activity of God’s creative nature. Sex is an expression of our embodiedness, and a reminder that we have been gifted our bodies as we offer our bodies to another as gift. Sex is a communication of self through the universal language of flesh and blood; the same language through … [Read more...]

The First episode of the Jim Gaffigan Show is about him being outed as a Catholic comedian

I love the comedy of Jim Gaffigan. He's hilarious. He's a father. He's a Catholic. He's also got a new show. In the first episode he's "outed" as a Catholic. It's a great comment on religion in public life. Take a look: … [Read more...]

The Year of Mercy logo ROCKS! Here’s why it’s okay to say so.

Although some of my fellow Patheos writers might disagree with me… I really love the new logo for the Year of Mercy. I think it’s a great image and one that I would proudly display over most church-related logos.Here are 10 reasons why.I love the icon style This picture is based off the traditional style of byzantine iconography. I have written about my love of this style many times before (Exhibit a). It’s a style that is designed to draw you into the imagery, to be a little odd, and t … [Read more...]

Let’s bring an end to the use of Confirmation as a Kind of “Graduation”

Earlier this month Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu made waves by instructing his diocese that they are to begin efforts toward restoring the sacraments of initiation to their “proper order:” Baptism, Confirmation, and then First Holy Communion. As a liturgical theologian I applaud the change. It makes much more sense both historically and theologically to present the sacraments in this order.In the waters of baptism, a person is united to the life of God in Christ. Under the oil of Chrism, the … [Read more...]

Blessed Saints of Armenia, Pray for us.

Today we the 100 year memorial of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. It has been a time of profound reflection for me as I have reflected on the tragic history of the Christian community in Armenia. This community of faith was among the first to put their faith in Jesus, and were also among the first to suffer persecution for their faith. This trend has, unfortunately, continued. Christians in this area have suffered at the hands of many. They have suffered under those follow other faiths, … [Read more...]