“A person who sings prays twice”


St. Augustine is credited with saying, “A person who sings prays twice.” Beautiful music itself is prayer, and when wedded to words of praise the result is a foretaste of the new Earth to come… [Read more...]

Do Not Start Fresh for the New Year


There is a New Year’s lie that, just like hanging a fresh calendar on the wall, we too can start over. Make a resolution. Decide that this year will be different. Somehow reset our lives and start fresh. Us 2.0. Thinking that deciding to change and changing are the same thing. The truth is that our less positive habits, like lily pads floating on a pond, are rooted deep down in the muck… [Read more...]

My response to “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” named one of Busted Halo’s Best of 2012


Busted Halo named my response to Jefferson Bethke’s viral video “Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus” one of their “Best of 2012.” The conversation continues. [Read more...]

Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor

The Holy Women At The Tomb Of Jesus Christ by William Bourguereau-crop

My favorite recording of my favorite piece of music: Claudio Monteverdi’s Christe Redemptor. [Read more...]

A Christmas sermon: Bright Blooms Dark Night


What is the radical truth that pulls us back to the Christmas story again and again? The Christmas sermon from my pastor, Emily Scott, at St. Lydia’s. [Read more...]

Merry Christmas, Baby — from Christina Aguilera and me [VIDEO]

Christina Aguilera singing Merry Christmas Baby with Dr. John

Here’s an early Christmas gift for you: the best voice in popular music, Christina Aguilera, with the most amazing vocal of her career, and it’s a Christmas song! Whether you like pop or not, you will love this. [VIDEO] [Read more...]

Happy Festivus! Now about that Airing of Grievances…

Festivus Pole scene from Seinfeld with Jerry Seinfeld and Jerry Stiller

Festivus, celebrated on December 23, is the ultimate postmodern holiday. It’s ironic not only in how it’s executed but in its very inception. It’s a sarcastic spoof of family holidays, with a bitter slant — making a joke out of how unpleasant they can often be. [Read more...]

A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria sung by Jewel


A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria sung by Jewel — not a Christmas carol but widely adopted into the holiday sacred music repertoire. [Read more...]

Santa and God Don’t Keep Naughty Lists


One of the things that has always bothered me about Santa as a childish God archetype is the naughty list. A god that keeps a naughty list and withholds love and gifts based on it is a model of God that I reject utterly. [Read more...]

6 Tips for Making It Through Christmas Family Gatherings

From the Texas Dept. of Transportation’s “Tipsy, buzzed, or Blitzen” campaign

If you are heading into an uncomfortable family situation this week, here are 6 simple tips to help you make it through. I learned them through hard-fought experience. I hope they’re helpful. [Read more...]