The Holy Week Series You Should Be Reading: The Pilgrimage for Immigrants

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A few years ago, I had participated in the Pilgrimage for Immigrants in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, a moving and meaningful event that I still have vivid memories about. Because of my parish duties, I haven’t been able to attend again since then, but thankfully organizer Anton Flores-Maisonet of Alterna Community in La Grange, Ga., posts [Read More...]

The Faithfulness of the Noah Film: Writer Ari Handel on God Learning From Humankind, Vitriolic Christians, & Midrash

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Go see Noah.  As a priest and a person of faith, this is my message to everyone who asks me about this film. Go see it — today — because Noah is exactly what a film about the Bible should be. It is a deeply theological work that raises more questions than it answers. In that sense, [Read More...]

6 Things the Church Can Learn From Jimmy Fallon — #ordainjimmyfallon

The Church could learn a few things from Jimmy Fallon, the new host of the “Tonight Show.” And it’s no surprise, really. Jimmy has said in interviews he once wanted to be a priest in the Roman Catholic Church and was influenced early in life by his experiences as an altar boy. But he never [Read More...]

Cloudy With A Chance of Genocide: Why Noah Should Be A Horror Film

I can’t wait to see Noah. Already the battle over its biblical accuracy is being debated. This from a story that has already been adapted from and by other ancient cultures. There is not one flood story. There are many. As with any film based on a Bible story, I was a little skeptical at first. But when [Read More...]

I Don’t Blame World Vision. I Blame Homophobia and Hate.

I don’t blame World Vision for reversing their decision to accept employees in same-sex marriages. I don’t. They made the exact decision they had to, precisely for the people they serve in impoverished communities. They made the exact decision many writers and bloggers called for yesterday. Many asked folks to think of the children who [Read More...]

The Gospel According to Hobby Lobby: When Corporations Get Saved

Source: Corporations for Christ. "How Shall Corporations Then Live?" Slide presentation, 2015.

 Does a corporation have religious rights? That is the question at the heart of Hobby Lobby’s fight against the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. It’s an important question — affecting everything from health care to election funding to the numerous anti-LGBT/religious freedom laws — that is in the news again as Hobby Lobby takes its case [Read More...]

Into the Wild: A Lenten Homily Not About Temptation

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Lent 1 — Year A — Gen. 2:15-17; 3:1-7, Psalm 32, Rom. 5:12-19, Matt. 4:1-11 I don’t want to talk about the temptation of Jesus today. Or the temptation of Adam and Eve. In fact, I really don’t want to talk much about temptation at all. Because, to me, Lent isn’t really about temptation and [Read More...]

Is the Son of God film heresy or just a bad movie?: Notes from my #SonofOMG live tweet

White Jesus & Me: A Live-Tweet

It was the Greatest Story Ever Sold. The new Jesus film, Son of God, produced by the husband-and-wife holy duo Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, isn’t really a movie as much as it’s a marketing ploy. It’s pretty much the same thing folks saw — for free — during the History Channel’s Bible miniseries. It’s [Read More...]

The Moonshine Jesus Show: Introducing a New Progressive Christian Podcast

The Moonshine Jesus Show

A couple of months ago, over drinks and a lot of laughter, Mark Sandlin and I hatched an idea for a podcast and sketched it out on crumpled, damp bar napkin. I know. It’s a little cliché. Over the next two months, a number of things have changed. The name of the podcast itself changed. [Read More...]

The Great Christmas Gamble (A Homily for Christmas)

The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Isaiah 9:2-7 – Psalm 96 – Titus 2:11-14 – Luke 2:1-20 A light shined brightly in the middle of the dark, frozen night. From somewhere deep in the muddy, cold trenches of World War I, candles began appearing one by one atop the parapets, where just a few [Read More...]


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