The Lynching of Eric Garner

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#StayWokeAdvent, Ferguson & Apocalypse: A Lectionary Reflection

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Follow #StayWokeAdvent contributions here and add yours, too! Oh that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence — As when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes the water to boil — Isaiah 64:1-2a  Advent 1B The fires of justice have been kindled in the [Read More...]

The Breaking of the Bridesmaids: Rethinking a Problematic Parable (Lectionary Reflection)

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Matthew 25: 1-13 | Proper 27 | Year A (When the gospel is read, have different readers interrupt the gospeller with the italicized verses of Scripture. Visually, either have the disrupters stand, almost in protest, and remain standing through the reading. Conversely, have the disrupters process behind and surround the gospeller.) At that time the kingdom of heaven [Read More...]

Killing Jesus Just Killed White Jesus: Nat Geo’s Miniseries Casts Lebanese-born Actor to Play Jesus

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  Killing Jesus might have just killed White Jesus. National Geographic Channel’s new miniseries, Killing Jesus, has done what virtually no other mainstream Jesus film or television series has done. They cast a Middle Eastern man to portray a Middle Eastern man. Shocking, I know. The four-part miniseries, set to air in 2015, announced today [Read More...]

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown, Who Do You Say that I Am?

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Year A — August 24 — Matthew 16:13-20 — Proper 16 Who do you say that I am? A looter. A criminal. The falsely accused. Who do you say that I am? A rule breaker.  A deranged man. A demon. Who do you say that I am? A son. A beloved. A man. Who do [Read More...]

An Ancient Prayer Saved My Faith

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This is a late contribution for my friend Ed Cyzewski’s synchroblog celebrating the release of his new book A Christian Survival Guide. An ancient prayer saved my faith. A friend in college had invited me to attend a nearby Episcopal church. It was a disorienting place with its vaulted ceilings, stone columns, and ornate stained [Read More...]

Why Every Christian Should Watch ‘Calvary’ … and Avoid ‘God’s Not Dead’

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  I’m not going to mince words about this. Heaven is For Real and God’s Not Dead are not Christian movies. They are not even religious movies. They are schmaltzy, vacuous, “inspirational” movies. If a film leaves viewers with a fist full of answers rather than questions, with declarative reassurances that heaven is real and God is alive, then [Read More...]

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...]

#WeAreN, But Are We Really? On Hashtags and the Harvests of War in Iraq

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Over the past month, there has been a crescendo of outrage over the horrific acts of ISIS in Iraq and Syria in many American Christian circles. And it’s justifiable. In fact, it’s hard not to be angry and appalled. Reportedly, ISIS has been systematically exterminating religious minorities, a campaign of slaughter that left some 5,500 [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...]


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