Wrestling with the Trinity: Truth, Myth or Metaphor?

My first run-in with trinitarian theology happened sometime around the fifth grade when my Sunday School teacher tried to explain the concept in a way that prepubescent boys would understand. He failed miserably. He used a water metaphor. If three individual drops of water are put into a bowl, he said, they become one, but [Read More...]

From Charity to Justice: A Prophetic Reinterpretation of Christian Mission

Reading Katharine Jefferts Schori’s Gathering at God’s Table made me proud to be an Episcopalian in the ordination process. Then again, this is nothing new. Every time I hear Jefferts Schori preach or read her sermons and essays, I am re-energized in my vocation, renewed in my passion and reassured that the Episcopal church is my [Read More...]

Liberating Pentecost

Fire! Fire! by David Hogg

  God speaks. And the people understood. This confused them. In a nutshell, this is Pentecost, or at least, the most intriguing detail of the famous Acts story. But too often this significant detail gets lost in the celebration of rushing wind, fiery tongues and the so-called birth of the church. The disciples had gathered [Read More...]

Obama, Marriage Equality and the Political Ploy of Liberation

It is a political ploy. Of that, I’m fairly convinced. President Barack Obama became the first president to endorse marriage equality Wednesday. But, of course, it wasn’t the first time Obama has endorsed marriage equality. About 15 years ago, Obama described his position this way:   “I favor legalizing same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts [Read More...]

Amendment One and An Angry Lament of a Native Son

I am a native son of the Deep South, born and bred in the land of cotton, Christianity and conservatism. As a native son, I soaked up the homophobic culture in which I lived just as I soaked up a love of college football, the smell of fresh mown grass and cut wild onions on [Read More...]

Still Waters and Death Valleys: A Lectionary Meditation

  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right path for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before [Read More...]

The Resurrection and Wounds that Won’t Heal

Some wounds do not heal. When I was a journalist, I remember sitting with the mother whose son’s remains had only recently returned from the war in Iraq. I listened to her grieve as she told the story of how her son unexpectedly came to join the military, how she feared for him, how she [Read More...]

When Resurrection Happens: Scenes from a Protested Holy Week


Last week, I posted an essay on Protesting Holy Week. A lot of people read it. A lot more than usual. Some folks loved it. Some folks hated it. Some folks were in-between. Some folks lived it. And are living it today. So, I thought I’d take a moment, first to say thanks to everyone [Read More...]

Unforgiving Jesus on the Cross

In the midst of his crucifixion, Jesus looks down and forgives his torturers, his crucifiers, his executioners. Jesus, in the midst of the unimaginable and intolerable injustice, musters the courage to forgive the unforgivable. It is a moment, at least according to how traditional Christianity teaches it, of overwhelming mercy and unfathomable forgiveness. Except, that’s [Read More...]

The Unexpected Faith of Doubting Thomas

    It’s Easter. Do not be afraid to doubt. Doubt boldly. Doubt joyfully. In fact, these are important, faithful and beautiful responses to the Paschal mystery, as author Rachel Held Evans demonstrated last week. Indeed, in the gospels, doubt and disbelief are important to the Easter experience, and Jesus does not condemn his disciples for [Read More...]