The Crucifixion: A Tale of Two Kingdoms (Good Friday Homily, John 18:1-19-42)

During Holy Week, we are tossed to and fro with stories of triumph and hosannas, last suppers, grieving prayers, betrayals, denials and crucifixion, all which lead to Easter and alleluias. Holy Week reminds me a little of the opening lines of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. “It was the best of times. It [Read More...]

The Lost Shepherd and the Amoral Love of God (Proper 19C Lectionary Reflection)

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Lectionary Reflection – Proper 19 C – Luke 15:1-32 The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. So begins the most well-known and treasured Psalm of all time. At hospital beds, it is recited by patients and chaplains alike. In times of distress and discomfort, its soothing words are meant to bring succor and [Read More...]

God is the Prodigal Son: Reinventing Christianity’s Most Beloved Parable (Lectionary Reflection)

Lent 4C — Sunday, March 10 — Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32   God is irresponsible. Hopelessly so. In the well-worn parable of the prodigal son, it seems Jesus is telling us God can’t be bothered to consider the consequences of actions — God’s or those of sinners. God is feckless. Ridiculously so. This is the Gospel [Read More...]

The U.S. Supreme (Race) court: Roberts, Scalia and the Voting Rights Act

There is a wicked irony that as the United States marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement, the country’s highest court is edging closer to gutting one of the movement’s greatest victories. As Americans everywhere celebrate the marches, martyrs, and nonviolent courage of Civil Rights activists in Selma, Birmingham, Atlanta and elsewhere, the [Read More...]

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...]


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