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...]

Reconsidering Resurrection: Toward A Sacramental Understanding

The resurrection didn’t just happen. It happens. The resurrection was not a one-time, historical event which happened 2,000 years ago. It is an ongoing reality that has been happening again and again. That’s why the recent conversations between Tony Jones and Marcus Borg over whether the resurrection happened bodily and physically, to my mind, miss [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]


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