Kim Davis Isn’t the Problem. These 3 Cultural Forces Are.

Kim Davis has become one of the cultural icons of the 2016 election cycle, not unlike Joe the Plumber. Like Joe, her actions have struck a nerve and hit the zeitgeist in that perfect storm of passion and polarization on both sides. Like Joe, she’s been a willing prop for politicians. But like Joe, I think she’s [Read More…]

The Identity Crisis of Christ (Lectionary Reflection Mark 8:27-38)

Proper 19 — Year B — Mark 8:27-38 Ever since his baptism, Jesus’ world had simultaneously expanded and crumbled. It had all started so promising, with the Spirit descending like a dove, the voice from the heavens declaring him the Beloved Son. It was a public declaration of his identity he didn’t take lightly, despite [Read More…]

Bless Your Heart (The Southern Beatitudes)

One of the unique blessings — or curses — of living in the Deep South is the ubiquity of certain phrases and clichés. For example, if you move to a new town in the South, it doesn’t take long before someone asks you where you are attending church. The assumption is that if you are living in [Read More…]

Crumbs: Jesus and the Ethnic Slur (Lectionary Reflection, Mark 7:24-37)

Year B — Proper 18  — Mark 7:24-37 Jesus uttered an ethnic slur. To dismiss a desperate woman with a seriously sick child. In this week’s gospel text, in the Black Lives Matter era, I think we have to start with that disturbing and disorienting fact. Our immediate response likely is, “Of course not! Jesus couldn’t possibly have [Read More…]

If All Lives Really Matter: The False Racial Unity of Glenn Beck’s Massive March on Birmingham

Contrary to what conservative pundits would have you believe, Black Lives Matter is not a call to division. It’s actually a call for unity.  Because the truth is, we aren’t united and haven’t been.  Not since slavery.  Not since lynchings. Not since Emmett Till. Not since Jim Crow. Not since the Drug War.  Not since [Read More…]

Questioning Prayer: Why Should I Keep Praying After Yet Another Shooting?

I have asked and I have asked. I have begged, and I have pleaded. And yet my requests have gone unanswered. I have offered constant intercession to you — a plea to stop the violence, a plea for some kind of intervention to end the killing, the tragedy, and the senseless deaths. But the resounding silence in response is [Read More…]

Witnessing Murder: Spirituality and Emotional Trauma in the Age of Viral Violence

With unprecedented intimacy and frequency, Americans are becoming witnesses to murder. With the videos of beheadings and the footage of Black people being murdered by police, we’ve begun watching real people die violently in real-time, often from the palm of our hands or from the screens in our laps. Most recently, we streamed the disturbing body [Read More…]

“Because Cotillions!” & Other Episcopal #AutoCorrect Fails

Like most folks, I do a lot of things while I’m doing a lot of other things. As primarily a stay-at-home dad right now, it often means that I make notes while I’m doing dishes, cleaning rooms, folding clothes, or ferrying kids to and from summer activities or camps. Typically, Apple’s speech-to-text software is pretty [Read More…]

This is REAL Christian Persecution: Augusta Church Hit with anti-LGBT Hate Crime

Christian persecution in the United States is real. It’s just not what you think. Christian persecution isn’t about having to offer birth control to women. It’s not about having to serve wedding cakes to gay and lesbian couples. Christian persecution isn’t even having people call you out when you spout homophobic, sexist, or racist opinions, veiled blasphemously as biblical. Real [Read More…]

Peace is Not Tranquility (A #WGFest2015 Lectionary Reflection)

  Lectionary Year B — Proper 11 — Mark 6:30-34; 53-56 On Saturday, my youngest son and I spent an afternoon carefully stacking a half-dozen rocks that had been worn smooth and elliptical by the French Broad River that eddied around our knees.  The swift river and its small pockets of whitewater drowned out the world around us [Read More…]


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