“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Ridley Scott and the Red Sea you think you know

  Let’s turn to Ridley Scott. What did he say that has biblical literalists in a tizzy? I quote, “the parting of the Red Sea will be F*#!ing Huge.” Ok, so people are not so concerned about the F Bomb, but clearly the fact that he would use an F Bomb means his entire movieContinue reading ““Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Ridley Scott and the Red Sea you think you know”

“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Christian Bale & the Moses you don’t Want to Know

  Sometimes, it’s just embarrassing to be a Christian… -like when all the Christian idiots are already dissing the new film, “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” based on comments by Christian Bale about his presumed knowledge of Moses’ mental health. Then, in another interview, Director Ridley Scott dropped an F bomb describing the parting of theContinue reading ““Exodus: Gods and Kings,” Christian Bale & the Moses you don’t Want to Know”

Why in the Hell does Hell Matter? Moltmann helps us think the bad place

Christianity is a religion of hope, unless of course your hope is in hell, in which case hell is your hope as the binary opposite of its cohort heaven. Hell is necessary because heaven is; one is not intelligible without the other. But what is that really animates this our idea of hell and whyContinue reading “Why in the Hell does Hell Matter? Moltmann helps us think the bad place”

Speaking of Noah

  There is nothing that intersects Church and Culture as much as a Hollywood portrayal of a beloved Bible story. The reactions to the recently released Paramount Pictures film Noah has continued to prove this true. Upon hearing of the proposed production of the film many Christians preemptively began to be suspicious, simultaneously anticipating itsContinue reading “Speaking of Noah”

Be Free in Christ, Ditch the Rules

“One thing, and only one thing, is necessary for Christian life, righteousness, and freedom. That one thing is the most holy Word of God, the gospel of Christ.” –Luther And Jesus said to the masses, “Come to me all ye who are weary and heavy laden…and be introduced to my list of rules.” (Matthew 11.28)Continue reading “Be Free in Christ, Ditch the Rules”

Jesus is NOT the “reason for the season”

  First, there is Christmas… Then, there is farce… The subtle denial of a Holy-day that is held delicately in the balance of adoration and consumption, with the latter giving way to our actions while the former  is trapped in our sensibilities. Our very way of celebrating it dialectically usurping its truest image. As weContinue reading “Jesus is NOT the “reason for the season””

Advent Sermon: God Comes into the Lights of Evil

Did you see it?  Did you see them? All around us, in the darkness, there are lanterns.  Lanterns in the darkness that surround us. We peer into the darkness, squinting our eyes, attempting to make out a shape or hear a sound.  We peer into the darkness trying to see who’s there.  We peer intoContinue reading “Advent Sermon: God Comes into the Lights of Evil”

Too Scared to Love: an Essay on Fear, Love & the Gaze

FEAR & GOSPEL “Perfect Love Casts out all Fear,” so the writer of the Epistle of 1 John tells us. In a world of so much fear, and so little love, one is left to wonder if there is indeed a perfect love that can handle the level of fear that seems to be inundatingContinue reading “Too Scared to Love: an Essay on Fear, Love & the Gaze”

Christ of Chaos- a sermon in Luke

*A sermon on Jesus, judgment and some difficult words of The Christ in the recent Lectionary reading of Luke 12.49-53* “When life has become old and the spirit faint, it is in the beginnings that we again find the living springs from which the vital energies flow” Jurgen Moltmann, “Hope and Reality: Contradiction and Correspondence,”Continue reading “Christ of Chaos- a sermon in Luke”

Exchanging the Resurrection for the Soul

“I am concerned with Christ as He appears in the Gospels, taking the Gospel narrative as it stands, and there one does find some things that do not seem to be very wise. For one thing, he certainly thought that His second coming would occur in clouds of glory before the death of all theContinue reading “Exchanging the Resurrection for the Soul”

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