In Conversation: Jesus, Racism and the Syrophoenician Woman


Last week, I published a lectionary essay exploring the exchange between Jesus and the unnamed Syrophoenician woman. Compared to many of my other posts, it generated a good bit of interest and and even larger bit of interesting conversation. Both on the blog (some 70 comments) and on Facebook, the post got people talking, thinking, [Read More...]

A Liturgy for Sept. 11 (Prayers of the People and a Litany of the Dead)

The 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is Tuesday, and for those remembering that day, I wanted to offer a few prayers I wrote last year, as well as a visual prayer meditation. I hope you will find them challenging, moving and meaningful. The Prayers  Today, we pray with the remembrance of tragedy in [Read More...]

Jesus Was Not Colorblind: Racial Slurs and the Syrophoenician Woman (Lectionary)


Proper 18 Mark 7:24-37 Was Jesus a racist? This might be an uncomfortable question for Christians to ask, but, given this week’s lectionary text, I think it’s one we must ask. And we must ask it unvarnished. Our immediate response likely is, “Of course not! Jesus couldn’t possibly have been racist!” But Jesus’ exchange with [Read More...]

The Orthodox Death of God

Over the next week, I will be posting a three-part essay on the death of God, my experience of it, and my search for meaning through it. I invite you to walk with me and dialogue with me. Part one, the Foolish Death of God, can be found here. In the 1960s, the notion of [Read More...]

The Foolish Death of God

photo copyright Edu_Fon (Flickr)

Over the next week, I will be posting a three-part essay on the death of God, my experience of it, and my search for meaning through it. I know that much of what I write here intersects with the Death of God movement, but I also hope that I will add something to that conversation [Read More...]

The Rain Bow: A Short Story

The Rain Bow (image adapted from Buddhasit @ Flickr)

Like most of my stories, this one started with a question. What if the rainbow in the Genesis flood myth was an actual bow? The question rose quite naturally as I was re-reading the Epic of Gilgamesh, another flood myth which parallels the Genesis story in remarkable ways, right down to the rainbow promise at [Read More...]

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...]