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…

Exorcist-In-Chief (Part II): Christian Optimism Is Boring – Guest Post

Christian Optimism is Boring. After Trump won the Presidential Election (God, help us all), I was surprised by my Facebook feed. It was so…boring. Granted, every single post was election-related, which was expected, but nevertheless, I. Was. So. Bored. Why? This: “Guys, let’s just all remember that no matter what happens tonight, we’re all people…

A Theology of Alternative Endings (Part 1)

As a student of Philosophy, and an observer of the various ways others think and act, I mostly pay attention to two things: Coffee and Kierkegaard. The former is for obvious reasons, sometimes for taste but mostly for necessity. The latter because, well, he is the thinker I mostly attach my current faith-awakening to. It…

How to Win Enemies and Alienate Democracy

Does anyone else find it interesting when talking heads in media say things like “the people have decided,” or “America has chosen her next President,” whenever the percentages are something like 49% to 51%? Just recently in the UK, commentators were doing the same thing over Brexit, shouting over and over again that the “people”…

The S.I.N. Problem

“The movement called Christianity cannot be understood apart from the Jewish concept of shalom. The Christian gospel does not call people to give their mental assent to a certain list of correct propositions, nor does it provide its adherents with a password that will gain them disembodied bliss when they die and the pleasure of…