Breaking Bad Recap: Dead to Rights

As last night’s episode ended abruptly amidst a firefight between the family Todd and the DEA (i.e., Gomez and Schrader), my mind immediately went back to the future.To bearded Walt.You know, Walt at the diner in episode one of this season. Walt with the automatic weapons in the trunk. Walt at the start of this second half of season five – episode nine – entering the abandoned White residence, retrieving the ricin.These glimpses of the future help to inform our perspective on the pres … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: What’s One More?

Skyler White is on board.In what is decidedly a transitional fourth episode in the final eight of season five’s second half (whew), we see the character so often maligned on the interwebs for being Walt’s incorrigible adversary complete a full 180. The turn began in episode ten when Walt collapsed in a heap on the bathroom floor, his chemo-ridden body reacting to the exertion of burying barrels (literally) of money in the desert. There, Skyler uttered words we never thought we’d hear in a reass … [Read more...]

Riffing on #Prototype: The Boy in the Bay

Do you have any idea what's at stake in you understanding who you really are?When I was 12, my family moved from East Texas to Long Island, NY.What follows here is technically a book review - but really it's more of a riff. Because Jonathan Martin's first book, Prototype, has affected me in ways that few books have. There are meaningful, beautiful, wonderful books - and then there are meaningful, beautiful, wonderful books that arrive at such a time in one's life so as to capture a … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: Stop Working Me

The Rolling Stones sang about sympathy for the devil.And in the manic teaser for next week’s episode of Breaking Bad - episode 12 - we hear the gravelly, strained, almost animal voice of Jesse saying, “Mr. White...he’s the devil.”For the last couple of weeks, I’ve primarily set my sights on the series’ protagonist (antagonist?), Walter White, and the question of his original sin. In what sense, really, did Walt break bad? Did he begin basically good and then simply stumble onto this sinister … [Read more...]

VIDEO: “The Bible Says It’s Gross”

My friend Joel just sent me this video of Tina Fey on Inside the Actor's Studio, and it brilliantly sums up this whole #gagreflex conversation. Start it at around 1:25 for the greatness:http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=5H_KTyKUSG4#t=85 … [Read more...]

#GagReflex

Oops, they did it again.The Gospel Coalition, that is. This time, it's a post from Thabiti Anyabwile going above and beyond in confirming my perspective on the politicization of the neo-reformed around gay marriage legislation, creating something of a new religious right. And doing that, really, in the most base, tactless, and harmful way possible. I was going to type "carless," which would also be true considering the potential negative impact this post could have on gay young people in … [Read more...]

Placed in the Body: a Brief Reflection

But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. /1 Cor. 12:18I was planning to write this long reflective piece about how it's been one year since we closed our church plant, Dwell, and how, almost a year to the day after preaching my last sermon at Dwell, I preached a sermon at First United Methodist Church in Burlington and it was kind of heavy and emotional and awesome.And how, on that same Sunday, the pastor's wife came up to me after t … [Read more...]

Breaking Bad Recap: All in the Family

Sociopaths are born, not made.At least that’s the theory of most psychologists. And rightly so, it would seem; even a cursory investigation of sociopathic behavior suggests that there is something heritable at the root, something in there very deep that is only awakened or nurtured by various life experiences and choices. My conversation partner, Zac, rightly observed last week that these final episodes seem to be hastening toward an inevitable end: the demise of Walter White. But the question … [Read more...]

Hauerwas on American Civil Religion

"Americans don't know how to read their Bible well because they are Americans before they are Christians."http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2om54Lp6Hxg … [Read more...]

I’m Probably Right About the New Religious Right

A few months ago, I left a comment on the well-read blog of a friend (and hero) - and got into a little bit of trouble.I suggested that the neo-reformed movement - the "Young, Restless, and Reformed" that emerged a decade or so ago and have consolidated most notably into The Gospel Coalition, segments of the PCA, Southern Seminary and segments of the SBC, and Mark Driscoll's Acts 29 network - is giving rise to a new religious right in the U.S.I was immediately, and gently, corrected by … [Read more...]


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