The Moonshine Jesus Show: Introducing a New Progressive Christian Podcast

The Moonshine Jesus Show

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...]

An Antidote to Anxiety: A Homily for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Day Homily — Matthew 6: 25-33 (Due to confusion at my parish, in the Prayer Book, and in the BCP iPhone app, I ended up preaching the Thanksgiving lectionary for Year B rather than Year C).  I’ll never forget the first day my wife went back to work after we had our first son. [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...]

How to Have a Tea Party: The Shutdown, Blame, and Legislative Arson

There is not enough blame to go around. Usually, there is. But not this time. So stop saying. Stop believing it. When people suggest it, remind them of the reality of the situation: The Republicans — and Republicans alone — shut down the government. And the Republicans are attempting to push our country into default. [Read More...]

The Worst Bad Word You Can Teach a Kid to Say

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Whenever I’m angry or frustrated, I tend to say a very nasty, very ugly word. Naturally, I say it often. It starts with an ‘s’ and ends in a ‘t.’ I never really thought much of it, to be honest. It has always seemed harmless, even as an ordained minister. I mean, it’s just a [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...]

Radical Reversals: Lazarus, Abraham, and the Myth of the Righteous Rich (A Homily)

Proper 21C Luke 16:19-31 We all love a good role-reversal story. It explains the popularity of reality television shows like Undercover Boss where the wealthy owner of some national retail brand goes to work with the everyday minimum wage employees. Our movies and television shows are filled with this kind of story, from Trading Spaces [Read More...]

The Facts Don’t Matter. Only Love Does.

The facts really don’t matter. When it comes to divisive political and religious issues — whether its gun control, climate change, or biblical inerrancy, no one really cares about the facts, the solid statistics, and the historical narrative. We don’t see the facts in those situations, according to a study by Yale law school professor [Read More...]

A Threat to Never Forget: Sept. 11 and America’s Vengeful Memory

Today, we will be asked to never forget. We will be asked to revive the trauma and fear many of us experienced during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. We will be asked to relive that day, with loops of explosions, tumbling towers, rubble and rescue workers. We will be reminded never to forget. [Read More...]


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