God is a Gardener: A Homily for Lent 3C (Luke 13:1-9)

Lent 3C — Luke 13:1-9, 1 Cor. 10:1-13, Exodus 3:1-15 It doesn’t take much effort these days to bump into tragedy. You don’t have to look very far to see bad news. As a former journalist, I can attest that the old adage is true: if it bleeds, it leads. In our information age, we [Read More...]

DJesus Uncrossed: Tarantino, Driscoll and the Violent Remaking of Jesus in America

  No doubt, a lot of people are upset, or are going to be upset, about Saturday Night Live’s recent skit “DJesus Uncrossed.” The two-minute sketch lampooned director Quentin Tarantino’s penchant for turning tragic history into gory revenge and imagined what Tarantino might do with the crucifixion and resurrection. (Have they been reading my blog?). [Read More...]

On Our Behalf: Reclaiming Repentance As a Progressive Christian

This Lent, I will be exploring the evil done on our behalf for which the Episcopal liturgy calls us to repent.  For Lent, I’m repenting. And, as a progressive Christian, I’m also reclaiming repentance. Given Lent’s themes of penitence, it’s actually a season well-suited for progressives. Unfortunately, it is also season often marred by the [Read More...]

Pharaohs in America: On Beyoncé and blindspots

I am a pharaoh. Or at least, I am one of his people. As a white heterosexual male living in a racist, sexist and heterosexist world, I am the beneficiary of privilege solely because of what I look like. White progressives often like to think of ourselves as participants in liberation of the “oppressed.” We [Read More...]

A Defiant Dance of Power, Not Sex: Beyoncé, the Super Bowl and Durga

  If what you saw onstage last night at the Super Bowl’s halftime show was a singer wearing too little clothes, let me suggest it is says more about the eye of the beholder. If what you saw was a singer selling sex to the masses in a skimpy outfit, let me suggest you saw [Read More...]

The Gospel of Our Lord, according to St. NRA for the Feast of National Gun Appreciation Day

Here at the NRA, Jesus doesn’t just die for you, he fights for you, too. The Gospel of Our Lord, Annotated and Edited for National Gun Appreciation Day: While Jesus was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, arrived; 1 with him was a large crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders [Read More...]

Where God Weeps: Sandy Hook and the Myth of Redemptive Violence

Toys of Mass Destruction.

God weeps. That, if anything, has been the primary theological response of Americans in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre where 20 young boys and girls were murdered. Indeed, in the wake of such incomprehensible tragedy, perhaps this is the only theological response that makes much sense. It’s not that God is absent, whether [Read More...]

Tenebrae: A Service for Shadows and Grieving after Sandy Hook Shooting

Tomorrow, ministers across America will be addressing the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. Sometimes, the best we can do is grieve together, and I hope that our churches, of all places, are sanctuaries that can honor, facilitate and express grief together. So, I put together a short service based on a Tenebrae service. [Read More...]

When the Second Amendment Enables Terrorism: Why Killing Children Isn’t a Well-Regulated Militia

A lot of people today are asking questions. “Why?” “Where is God?” “How could this happen?” Today, though, I’m not in the mood to ask questions. Because I know why mass shootings happen in America, and it hasn’t got a damned thing to do with God But everything to do with us. Do you want [Read More...]

Born to Die?: Why the Cross Doesn’t Belong at Christmas

Yesterday, I passed a church sign that proclaimed Christmas was the story of a baby born to die. It seemed a macabre, odd way to wish passersby a merry Christmas. Apparently, though, quite a few Christians root the story of Jesus’ birth in his death, as if they are determined to nestle the cross into [Read More...]


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