What I Blogged. What I Preached. And Why They Differ

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A few weeks ago, Ben Howard of On Pop Theology interviewed me on his podcast. During it, he asked me about my style of preaching and about how I compose my homilies. In it, I admitted to him that occasionally, I will change my sermons after I post them to my blog. The message largely [Read More...]

Radical Reversals: Lazarus, Abraham, and the Myth of the Righteous Rich (A Homily)

Proper 21C Luke 16:19-31 We all love a good role-reversal story. It explains the popularity of reality television shows like Undercover Boss where the wealthy owner of some national retail brand goes to work with the everyday minimum wage employees. Our movies and television shows are filled with this kind of story, from Trading Spaces [Read More...]

The Facts Don’t Matter. Only Love Does.

The facts really don’t matter. When it comes to divisive political and religious issues — whether its gun control, climate change, or biblical inerrancy, no one really cares about the facts, the solid statistics, and the historical narrative. We don’t see the facts in those situations, according to a study by Yale law school professor [Read More...]

A Threat to Never Forget: Sept. 11 and America’s Vengeful Memory

Today, we will be asked to never forget. We will be asked to revive the trauma and fear many of us experienced during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We will be asked to relive that day, with loops of explosions, tumbling towers, rubble and rescue workers. We will be reminded never to forget. [Read More...]

End Actual Poverty First: Bible Poverty & the Second Coming of Christ

See how silly this sounds?

Perhaps you’ve noticed it. Maybe even on this site in the advertisements. Makena can’t read the Christmas story. End Bible Poverty. If you want to end Bible Poverty, since that’s a thing now, with its own hashtag and everything, be my guest. But maybe, before we do that, maybe we could think about, oh, I [Read More...]

The Criminalization of Christ: Love Wins & the Nationwide Targeting of the Homeless

I’ve got a new post up at The God Article today, a reflection on the nationwide targeting of people who are homeless. The impetus, of course, is the recent Love Wins incident, but that incident speaks more broadly to a disturbing trend in our cities nationwide. The Love Wins incident was not an anomaly. It [Read More...]

Gagging on the Gospel Coalition: Why A Reflex Isn’t A Measure of Sin

When I had my wisdom teeth removed several years ago, I felt as if I was going to choke to death. Awake, but sedated, I kept gagging on something. It was something unnatural and awful. I was convinced a piece of my tooth had broken off and gotten caught in my throat. I became frantic, [Read More...]

Stories, Not Sterilized Facts: How We Pass on Faith

As part of the Patheos Passing on the Faith conversation, I decided to invite my friend Stephen Ingram to share his thoughts. Stephen is a seasoned youth minister, an author, and a really thoughtful person. I was lucky enough to attend college with him and am honored to offer his thoughts on how we pass [Read More...]

A Back-to-School Liturgy That’s Not a Blessing of the Backpacks

Commonly, liturgical churches will do a back-to-school Blessing of the Backpacks. Usually, it is a simple, short blessing used in a Sunday Eucharist. But, for the purposes of junior and senior high students, I’ve always found them to be lacking something — honest engagement with how difficult and turbulent school can be for teenagers. So, [Read More...]

The Divisive Love of God: Homily for Proper 15C (Luke 12:49-56)

Proper 15C — Luke 12:49-56 As a parent of two little boys who in one breath dearly love each other and, in the next, dearly love to pester each other, I can’t say I was thrilled when I read the Gospel text for today, much less to have to preach on it. This text mocked [Read More...]


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