Unholey Donuts, John 3:16, and the Condemnation of God (Homily for Lent 4B)

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Lent 4B + John 3:14-21 Note: An earlier version of this opened with a story about my son. I had his permission to use it, but as he heard me practicing the sermon, he said he felt embarrassed. In order to respect his privacy, I changed the sermon and used a similar story from my own childhood. [Read More...]

Imposing Hashtags: The Problem with #AshTag on Ash Wednesday

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Let’s just go all the way this Ash Wednesday and stop imposing ashen crosses on foreheads all together. Instead, let’s simply impose hashtags made of ash. Because, if we are honest, that’s largely what this day has become about. The #AshTag, not the ashes. The virtual, not the real. The immortal digital, not the mortal flesh. Ash Wednesday [Read More...]

The Beauty of Bodies: Russell Wilson’s Inelegant Theology and the Joy of Incarnation

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It’s true. God doesn’t have anything to do with winning a football game. On Sunday, Russell Wilson, quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, became the latest professional athlete to draw the ire of progressive Christians for expressing gratitude to God for winning a football game. Look, I get that to imply God had something to do with a sporting [Read More...]

An Ancient Prayer Saved My Faith

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This is a late contribution for my friend Ed Cyzewski’s synchroblog celebrating the release of his new book A Christian Survival Guide. An ancient prayer saved my faith. A friend in college had invited me to attend a nearby Episcopal church. It was a disorienting place with its vaulted ceilings, stone columns, and ornate stained [Read More...]

Ferguson and the Assault on Black America

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

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

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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...]

Why Sarah Palin is Right About Baptism by Waterboarding — #AmericanBaptism

Sarah Palin is right about baptism and waterboarding. In a speech now heard round the Christian world, Sarah Palin said at an NRA rally that “waterboarding is how we’d baptize terrorists” if she were president. Christians were up in arms about the apparent blasphemy of the statement, shocked that she would sacrilegiously connect waterboarding with [Read More...]


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