‘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 […]

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 […]

The King & the Maiden: Kierkegaard’s Christmas Parable

I’m largely going to leave this post to Kierkegaard’s own words from his famous “The King & the Maiden” parable from his book, Philosophical Fragments. I do want to offer a few cursory thoughts as to why this parable is significant for us this Christmas season. Invoking “The King & the Maiden” is not new […]