A Gay Presbyterian on a Jesuit Retreat

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For a Protestant, doing things in a Catholic setting is like going to a foreign country where they speak English. You can understand what they’re saying, but you’re in a land of different cultural cues. You spend a lot of time playing the Venn-diagram game of What’s the same/What’s different. So it was when as a Presbyterian I found myself on a silent retreat at a Jesuit spirituality center in Louisiana.I went on the retreat because I had heard about the Jesuit discipline of discernment. This … [Read more...]

Killer Serials: Jessica Jones, S1 Eps. 1-6


Marvel might be best known for their summer tent pole blockbusters, but they're proving that their real strength lies in more intimate, long-form series like Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the new series that released Friday. Although more "super-powered" in nature, Agents of S.H.I.E.D. has hit some strong notes in its third season. The action of those bigger blockbusters forms a distant background for more complex, engrossing character studies. … [Read more...]

This Ain’t a Sunday School Lesson for Kids


If you're a person of faith that is offended by the title and/or content of the new series from Image Comics, The Goddamned, then you're probably not reading much of any scripture as closely as you should. Written by Jason Aaron with art by R. M. Guéra, there's loads of coarse language (some--ok, much--of it aimed at God) and rivers of blood. However, underneath this gruesome facade, lie a host of questions about myth, sacred texts, and the Divine. … [Read more...]

Killer Serials: Breakthrough, Ep. 3 “Decoding the Brain”


Tony Jones and I dig into the third episode of Breakthrough, which continues to ask questions about what it means to be human and the role of memories and remembering in shaping our identities.  … [Read more...]

Killer Serials: Breakthrough Ep. 2, “More Than Human”


Tony Jones and I continue our coverage of National Geographic's new series, Breakthrough. Last night's episode focused on the cutting edge research and development of bio-technology and cyborgs. … [Read more...]

The Armor of Light: A Review


At this point in time, it seems as if guns and evangelical Christians are the new baseball and apple pie. So to see, in the new documentary, The Armor of Light, evangelical leader Rob Schenck tackle this problematic relationship head-on is as inspiring as his opponents are frustrating.  … [Read more...]

Killer Serials: Fargo Season 2, Eps. 1-4


I confess, I was late to the Fargo party last year, binge watching the entire first season on Blu-ray in a matter of days. I haven't made the same mistake this season, which is every bit as brilliant as the first and loaded with similarly provocative themes. … [Read more...]

Killer Serials: Breakthrough Ep. 1, “Fighting Pandemics”


The Sunday night television landscape is crowded, but National Geographic’s new series, Breakthrough deserves a spot in your DVR. Produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer and narrated by leading filmmakers and actors, Breakthrough provides a thought-provoking and imaginative perspective on scientific discovery as it unfolds. Each episode follows scientific explorers working on cutting-edge projects with breakthrough potential. Read on for my and Tony Jones' conversation about the first ep … [Read more...]