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...]

The Holy Week Series You Should Be Reading: The Pilgrimage for Immigrants

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A few years ago, I had participated in the Pilgrimage for Immigrants in the Atlanta, Georgia, area, a moving and meaningful event that I still have vivid memories about. Because of my parish duties, I haven’t been able to attend again since then, but thankfully organizer Anton Flores-Maisonet of Alterna Community in La Grange, Ga., posts [Read More...]

The Faithfulness of the Noah Film: Writer Ari Handel on God Learning From Humankind, Vitriolic Christians, & Midrash

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Go see Noah.  As a priest and a person of faith, this is my message to everyone who asks me about this film. Go see it — today — because Noah is exactly what a film about the Bible should be. It is a deeply theological work that raises more questions than it answers. In that sense, [Read More...]

6 Things the Church Can Learn From Jimmy Fallon — #ordainjimmyfallon

The Church could learn a few things from Jimmy Fallon, the new host of the “Tonight Show.” And it’s no surprise, really. Jimmy has said in interviews he once wanted to be a priest in the Roman Catholic Church and was influenced early in life by his experiences as an altar boy. But he never [Read More...]

Cloudy With A Chance of Genocide: Why Noah Should Be A Horror Film

I can’t wait to see Noah. Already the battle over its biblical accuracy is being debated. This from a story that has already been adapted from and by other ancient cultures. There is not one flood story. There are many. As with any film based on a Bible story, I was a little skeptical at first. But when [Read More...]

Is the Son of God film heresy or just a bad movie?: Notes from my #SonofOMG live tweet

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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

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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...]


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