Ferguson and the Assault on Black America

The police don’t need the National Guard’s protection. It’s the people who need protection.  The police have chemical weapons. The people have milk from McDonald’s.  But it’s not surprising. The state isn’t interested in protecting Black Americans. It’s demonstrated, time and again, it’s much more interested in killing them.  From the execution chamber to the [Read More…]

#WeAreN, But Are We Really? On Hashtags and the Harvests of War in Iraq

Over the past month, there has been a crescendo of outrage over the horrific acts of ISIS in Iraq and Syria in many American Christian circles. And it’s justifiable. In fact, it’s hard not to be angry and appalled. Reportedly, ISIS has been systematically exterminating religious minorities, a campaign of slaughter that left some 5,500 [Read More…]

‘Send Them Away’: A Homily for the Loaves and Fish (Proper 13A)

Proper 13 — Year A — Matthew 14:13-21  When I was on pilgrimage in the Holy Land earlier this year (thanks to the incredible generosity of my bishop and diocese), we stayed in small pilgrim’s hotel not far from the site where today’s story is said to have taken place. For 1,500 years, Christians have [Read More…]

On Calvary and the Absorption of Pain: A Discussion with Brendan Gleeson and John Michael McDonagh

Last week, I had a chance to talk with actor Brendan Gleeson and writer/director John Michael McDonagh about their brilliant new film Calvary, which releases in the U.S. on Friday, Aug. 1. Calvary is one of those rare films that confronts the beauty and the faults of the Church without flinching. It follows the life [Read More…]

Bulldozing Magdala: Feast of Mary Magdalene Amid the War in Gaza and Displaced Palestinians

We often think of Mary Magdalene in terms of resurrection. After all, she is called the Apostle to the Apostles, was the first to witness the resurrection, and was the first to proclaim that Good News to others. As a result, Christians — particularly progressives — see her as a patron for women who claim [Read More…]

Let Them Grow Together: On Gaza, Migrants, Refugees, Wheat and Weeds (A Homily)

Proper 11 — Year A — Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 A few weeks ago, I asked my boys to help me pull weeds in the garden. For me, I have been trained over 33 years to know what’s a weed and what’s not. I can look at my tiny plot of dirt and I can see [Read More…]

The Gospel of Murrieta and Migrants

Once, Joseph, Mary, and the infant Jesus fled in the middle of the night to escape a murderous ruler. Unfortunately, upon reaching the borders of Egypt, they were met with protesters, taken into custody, and soon deported back to their native land. The day after they were sent back, Herod completed his massacre of the [Read More…]

Dirt is Resurrection and God is a Bad Farmer (Homily for the Parable of the Sower)

Year A + Proper 10 + Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 I love dirt. I love the way it smells early in the morning, still damp with summer dew. I love the way it feels between my toes when I walk on it after the sunsets, the warmth of the stars still radiating through the soles of [Read More…]

Picking Sides: The Deciding Reason Why I Was Baptized in the Episcopal Church (Guest Post)

This past Sunday on Pentecost, baptisms were celebrated all across the Christian world. It’s a traditional day for baptism, and today, I’m honored to share one touching and poignant story of baptism from a reader, T.R. Sherrill (also a listener to The Moonshine Jesus Show).  — David Jesus said, “Let the little children come to [Read More…]

All Executions Fall Short of Humane Standards: What’s Horrifying About Oklahoma’s Botched Execution.

The botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett is horrifying. Wait, that’s not quite right. The execution of Clayton D. Lockett is horrifying. The state-sanctioned murder of anyone is horrifying. The White House said today that this particular execution fell short of humane standards. In truth, however, what was inhumane on Tuesday night had nothing to do [Read More…]


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