On Toxic Christian Masculinity [QUOTE]

I know it's a little long for a quote, but I promise, it's very worth your time: Within Christianity, the masculine image of God is often defined in these terms of control, power and dominion. Much of the Christian faith, though, requires that men recognize their limitations and depend on God. We accept salvation through … Continue reading On Toxic Christian Masculinity [QUOTE]


Male Feminist Theology & Sinning Against Women

This is an incredibly hard post to write, but an important one, I think. A couple of years ago, I started (and never really finished--but I will!) a blog series which outlined a systematic way that as a male, I can incorporate feminist perspectives on theology into the way I think about God and life. … Continue reading Male Feminist Theology & Sinning Against Women

Because We’re Not Good: “East of Eden”, a Book Review

We all have those pieces of art--be they movies, books, music, what have you--that upon first exposure we fall in love. We turn the last page or walk out of the theater or concert hall certain that this will surely be added to our list of favorites and long-held companions. Yet, how many times do … Continue reading Because We’re Not Good: “East of Eden”, a Book Review

Deep Sin & The Christian Soul

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5.19-21) As I recently finished a Church Bible … Continue reading Deep Sin & The Christian Soul

Philly Tonight: A Discussion on Race & Inequality

Tonight, my church is holding a timely lecture on "The Gospel, Race, and Wealth Inequality" at our Center City Philadelphia Campus (17th and Sansom St). The talk will be given by University of Pennsylvania Professor of Social Work Dr. Amy Castro-Baker. The event was planned months ago, but one would be hard-pressed to imagine a … Continue reading Philly Tonight: A Discussion on Race & Inequality

These Days After Pentecost: On Law & Spirit

In the Christian Church Calendar, we are currently in a season that is numbered according to the Holy Day of Pentecost, the day we celebrate the Holy Spirit falling on the apostles fifty days after Jesus' death (hence the name Penta-cost). Jesus had told the disciples to go out into the world ministering this Gospel to … Continue reading These Days After Pentecost: On Law & Spirit

“The First Christian Sermon” [a sermon, ironically]

Well, I'm finally coming off a whirlwind month of preaching three out of four weeks while our lead pastor is on vacation...and while I keep doing my full-time day job. So now, hopefully I'll be able to post more here again. I do want to share with you these sermons though. This summer, my church … Continue reading “The First Christian Sermon” [a sermon, ironically]

Protestants, Catholics, Communion–oh my! (Happy Corpus Christi!)

Today is a Christian Holy Day called "Corpus Christi" (Latin for "the body of Christ"). Today we meditate on the mystery of Communion/Eucharist/The Lord's Supper. I've mentioned some of my Communion views before and what I articulated is a synthesis and summary of the ideas of many theologians, both Protestant and Catholic. And so today, I … Continue reading Protestants, Catholics, Communion–oh my! (Happy Corpus Christi!)

Ascension: Our glory & the Bible’s hinge

Yesterday in the Christian church calendar was Ascension Day, the day we celebrate Christ ascending into heaven 40 days after his resurrection and now sits at "the right hand of God the Father." The Useless Ascension The idea of "Ascension" doesn't seem to get a lot of play nowadays in the Church. This, in spite of the … Continue reading Ascension: Our glory & the Bible’s hinge

After the Final “No”, There Comes a “Yes” [Good Friday Sermon 2017]

I'm really looking forward to doing a happy sermon sometime soon. But alas, I find myself preaching on both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday this year--not the happiest of Church Holy Days. And yet there is hope. It's fashionable to emphasize the narrative nature of God's work in the world. And yes, it's true--there is … Continue reading After the Final “No”, There Comes a “Yes” [Good Friday Sermon 2017]

i am not my own (Abide with Me)

...fast falls the eventide; the darkness deepens; Lord with me abide... Both viruses and people get themselves into us, infect us, surprise us, and change us--both for good and ill. And when they depart we are left with that most complex simplicities of emotions, asking simply: what was that? The story, the episode, that previously … Continue reading i am not my own (Abide with Me)