There is no part of us that is immune or exempt from this loving relationship. To follow Christ to place our entire selves in his loving service.
How do you distinguish between what is authentically the voice of God and what is the voice of a hired-hand in shepherd’s clothing?
Christianity, the religion and faith system that seeks to live the reality of the Risen Christ, has a long history of being confused for, or used to sanction or legitimize, political power. This has always presented Christianity with a dramatic tension between the humble messiah lacking temporal power and the proud, violent empires who have … Continue reading It’s time to tell the truth. Guns are blasphemous and the Cross is ridiculous.
Faith... is a response to God’s goodness. God's goodness is not a response to our faith.
The cost of our silence, or better yet of our willful disremembering, is the erasure of the experiences of countless millions whose bodies line the narrow-way that leads to salvation.
Dear catholic-minded Episcopalians (from a lowly, catholic, parish priest), Now, I am no one's bishop and church polity on that level is quite literally and figuratively above my pay-grade, but please allow this lowly, parish priest to talk you back off the ledge of perceived oblivion by reflecting on the faith we say we profess. … Continue reading Broken Ships and Broken Bread: My Reflection on the Primates’ Meeting
Religion is not supposed to give us all the answers to life’s most challenging questions; rather, religion is a time-tested compendium of language and experiences of God that give us a framework within which we are called, like Joseph, to wrestle with holy things until that encounter changes our lives, our walk, and even our names.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, belief is openness, not closedness. Faithful belief is not a hermetical seal preventing us from being influenced by those on the outside; rather, it is an invitation to be changed in unexpected ways and from unexpected places.
To bear witness to Jesus of Nazareth is to bear witness to both his empty tomb and his bloody cross. Either we talk about the space where race, ethnicity, and oppression collide or we fail to be faithful to the witness of Jesus of Nazareth.
How are people of faith called to engage faith in the wake of an outbreak of state-sanctioned executions of Black and Brown people? I've struggled with this answer. I have struggled with people asking for the protesters and demonstrators to remain "peaceful" while not placing an equal burden on a system to provide the justice that makes peace possible in the first place. I have struggled with what it means to have a prophetic voice in a faith community who represent a different narrative than my own. I have struggled in my own devotional life with "how do I pray when I can't breathe?"