‘mother!’ and the Honest Portrayal of Christian Living

By the time the end credits roll on Darren Aronofosky’s new film, mother!, you sit speechless in your seat, nearly paralyzed, by what you just experienced. And there is no more appropriate word to describe this film than experience. Make no mistake, this is not a fun film. Hell, it’s not even enjoyable. Yet in all its […]

Evangelicalism’s Trump Problem

A recent article from the Washington Post reveals that 14% of evangelicals have left their church community after the election of Donald Trump. This blow to church attendance and membership may, in fact, grow if the Church continues to pledge allegiance to Republican power. It would be unfair and untrue to suggest that politics do […]

Merton’s Guide through Political Unrest

“The greatest need of our time,” Thomas Merton said, “is to clean out the enormous mass of mental and emotional rubbish that clutters our minds and makes of all the political and social life a mass illness. Without this housecleaning we cannot begin to see.” Like many, I have bought into the political rhetoric of 21st […]

The Sin of Being Good

Earlier this year, Bible scholar Peter Enns published a book titled, The Sin of Certainty. The central thesis is that American evangelicalism confuses what faith is. Instead of a relationship of trust and questioning, faith is often mutated into a charade of certainty. I borrow Enns’ title for my own purposes, exchanging certainty with “being good.” Whereas Enns […]

2015: The Year My Faith Became Free

2015 was one of those years that, upon quick reflection, you want to forget. On an international level, there’s been chaos. Violent extremism ravages our world. Bias and prejudice plague us. Guns continue to kill. On a personal level, there has been family hardship and difficult times. I was also let go from my teaching […]

Learning about Christ from an Unlikely Source

One of the glorious things about studying philosophy and theology is that sometimes you find allies in unlikely places. Lately, the “antichrist” himself – Friedrich Nietzsche has become a bit of a refuge with an interpretation of certain aspects of the Gospels. As I’ve been re-reading through Miroslav Volf’s marvelous text Exclusion & Embrace as […]