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...]

Animate:faith Isn’t Just for Young Adults (Review)

Sparkhouse’s animate:faith has one major flaw. And it’s a glaring one. It’s marketed for young adults. I was an early adopter of animate:faith. And by early adopter, I mean I signed up to be notified as soon the series became available for purchase. If memory serves, I ordered the series, if not the first day [Read More...]

Transforming Film into Contemplative Prayer: A Review of Thom Stark’s ‘Who Art in Heaven’

Director Thom Stark summarizes his award-winning film Who Art in Heaven simply: “A Man Prays.” But don’t let Stark deceive you, because if you do, he will devastate you in the best possible way. There is so much more going on in this eloquent and compact film than its tagline would have you believe, and the [Read More...]

The U.S. Supreme (Race) court: Roberts, Scalia and the Voting Rights Act

There is a wicked irony that as the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the country’s highest court is edging closer to gutting one of the movement’s greatest victories. As Americans everywhere celebrate the marches, martyrs, and nonviolent courage of Civil Rights activists in Selma, Birmingham, Atlanta and elsewhere, the [Read More...]


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