KILLING GODS IN THE DESERT

In Roman culture, the first “atheists” were these peculiar Christian types. They rejected the influence of the gods in their lives, a kind of fulfilled Socratic vision with the Nazarene, Jesus, at the center. This was the pre-Christian world; a world filled with pagan idolatry and sexual governance because most of these Roman gods contained some…

The Tears of James Comey

Many D.C. bars opened early the morning of James Comey’s testimony before a congressional hearing. The air seemed tense, and cameras were flashing like the strobe lights in a club as former FBI director Comey took to the stand. The public had already received his prepared speech, so there was much that was already deconstructed, like…

Idolatrous Goat Weirdness

Let me explain. Tonight I was talking to my students about a fairly cringe-worthy subject related to idol worship; the whole context of the classic who-do-you-say-that-I-am business in Matthew 16; and beastly, sexual awkwardness in the public square of the Phillippi Jesus took his youth group (disciples) to. Jesus was asking the question in the…