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...]

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...]


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