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…

Crashing The Echo Chamber

In light of social media, the temptation is to think we need less talking in the world. The concerned and wounded claim that one less voice is enough to stop the echo chamber – the amplification of the chatterbox that is “we the internet.” This may be a fix for the personal wrestling, but it…

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”…

Remembering Harper Lee

How many of us first encountered the idea of Atticus and didn’t feel the desire to be him, in some way, or some form? How many of us felt the sting of injustice, but the youthful innocence necessary at the end of an experience? How many of us first learned of the indignity of poverty…