Revenge is the Ultimate Dystopian Fantasy: A Review of THE REVENANT

Today, I’m excited to host my friend and fellow Episcopal priest Jonathan Myers as a guest film reviewer. We had planned to see this film together, but I unfortunately got sick the day before. I’m thrilled, in a way, because it means I get to share with you Jonathan’s provocative insights into the new DiCaprio [Read More…]

What Does Fear Lead To?: A Homily on Star Wars, Yoda, and John the Baptist

Advent 3C — Luke (Skywalker?) 3:7-18 Advent 3C — Luke (Skywalker?) 3:7-18 I have been waiting for this particular week in December for more than year. That’s because this weekend, the new Star Wars film finally debuts. See, I’ve been a huge fan of the original Star Wars trilogy my entire life. In fact, my [Read More…]

The Tragedy of the Syrian Samaritan: A Parable Retold in Times of Terrorism

There was once a governor who was traveling and was beset by terrorists on the road. They bombed his motorcade and left him for dead on the roadside. Now, by chance, a fellow conservative politician was passing by and saw the wreckage of the terrorist attack. Angered and disgusted, he immediately made plans to ban [Read More…]

God Our Midwife: Birthing Peace from Violence and War

Proper 28 — Mark 13:1-8 There will be wars, and rumors of wars, and wars that will shake the foundations of the world and your faith in humanity. There will be death. There will be disaster. There will be all manner of things in this life to rattle your soul. There will be worry, anxiety, [Read More…]

Liberation is A Movement, Not a Moment: Why Every Christian Should Watch ROOM

Room isn’t just an enthralling and moving film that undeniably boasts two of the best performances of the year, if not the decade. It’s also an important movie. Without a doubt, much can be said about the performances of Brie Larson as Ma and of Jacob Tremblay as her son, Jack. Both deliver two of [Read More…]

The Problem with Tipping a Pizza Delivery Person $1,050

This is really heartwarming. I love that this church did this. If someone handed me $1,050 it would make a massive difference and I’d probably have the same reaction. Honestly? I had the same reaction when a stranger anonymously paid for my new dress shoes recently. It really did send ripples of goodwill out into my life, and that [Read More…]

Diana Butler Bass and A New Spiritual Awakening (A Review of ‘Grounded”)

Step 1: Buy Diana Butler Bass’ new book Grounded: Finding God in the World — A Spiritual Revolution. Step 2: Buy Kleenex. I’ll be honest: I’m having an unexpectedly emotional reaction to this book. I can’t seem to get more than a handful of pages without my eyes inexplicably leaking. One minute I’m reading this gorgeous and profound [Read More…]

Questioning Prayer: Why Should I Keep Praying After Yet Another Shooting?

I have asked and I have asked. I have begged, and I have pleaded. And yet my requests have gone unanswered. I have offered constant intercession to you — a plea to stop the violence, a plea for some kind of intervention to end the killing, the tragedy, and the senseless deaths. But the resounding silence in response is [Read More…]

This is REAL Christian Persecution: Augusta Church Hit with anti-LGBT Hate Crime

Christian persecution in the United States is real. It’s just not what you think. Christian persecution isn’t about having to offer birth control to women. It’s not about having to serve wedding cakes to gay and lesbian couples. Christian persecution isn’t even having people call you out when you spout homophobic, sexist, or racist opinions, veiled blasphemously as biblical. Real [Read More…]

God Bless America. Are you sure about that?

You might want to think twice this Fourth of July weekend before singing “God Bless America.” Since 9/11, this sentimental bit of civil religion has become a national anthem of its own and almost every politician loves to end their speeches with this benediction. But it has always struck me as an odd thing to [Read More…]