Our Motherly Father: God, Mom, and Prayer

It was the Spring of 2000.  There I was, a freshman at Trevecca Nazarene University, sitting in the class most feared by fledgling religion majors: Biblical Exegesis. Even the name makes a person want to duck for cover. It sounds like the sort of class you walk into wearing a hazmat suit and gloves beforeContinue reading “Our Motherly Father: God, Mom, and Prayer”

Ballad of a Dead Man

“Why are you here?” she asked me, as we sat in a doctoral seminar, Summer 2016. Why am I here? That is what she asked me. Right there in front of God and everyone. And what was I to say? I was not entirely sure why I was there either. Of course, there is anContinue reading “Ballad of a Dead Man”

My Fathers Sermon on Peace

  Two weeks ago, Feb 26th, was my father’s last Sunday alive.  In usual fashion, he found himself at church around 9:30am preparing to teach Sunday School.  I did not attend his Sunday School class that morning.  I missed his last lesson.  In retrospect, I wish I had not worked so much on the weekends,Continue reading “My Fathers Sermon on Peace”

What is “White Privilege?”

There is a video going viral of a 14 year old boy making an apology tour for “white privilege.”  The video shows a young middle school aged kid reciting a poem at school in which he derides white privilege (thus bringing attention to it) while also refusing to abscond his privilege. Yes it’s a problem,Continue reading “What is “White Privilege?””

I Don’t Believe in Jesus

This is the newest rage…and by people far less intelligent than Magellan.  (FTR, I support Magellan, Galileo and Copernicus) Just go onto any social media outlet and you’ll find people clanging the cymbals of disbelief.  And not just disbelief in general (for which there may be justifiable cause) but disbelief in Jesus, his actual historicalContinue reading “I Don’t Believe in Jesus”

Heaven Doesn’t Matter

I mean who does care about heaven? We care so much about heaven we speak of it as often as we speak about hell. (see my previous post Why the Hell does Hell Matter? wherein I describe the banality of this idea more academically than my approach here to heaven) Equally we spend as muchContinue reading “Heaven Doesn’t Matter”

Stealing Your Way Into Heaven

  GOSPEL OF LUKE 16.1-13   Couched in between two of Jesus’ most famous parables, The Prodigal Son and the Rich Man and Lazarus, we discover one of Jesus’ most unassuming and most difficult parables throughout the pages of the Gospel. I suppose this parable, the parable of the Unjust Steward…did you hear that…the parableContinue reading “Stealing Your Way Into Heaven”

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””

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”

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