Two weekends ago I saw my favorite band, Metallica, for the third time. A downside of living in Richmond is that major concerts don't come through town like they did in Chicago. So my family made a quick road trip down to Atlanta. My parents came up from Florida to watch our kids so that my wife, … Read more about The Good News According to Metallica
Weekend before last I was the keynote speaker at a retreat for high school and college students called Serving and Learning Together (SALT) at Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center. Based on John 20:19-22, the theme for the weekend was "Sent". It was the weekend after the election, which I … Read more about Learning to Say Peace
Once our grieving and protesting is over, what's next for progressives in this new world in which Donald Trump will be President of the United States? For many, the answer is to start working on the 2018 and 2020 elections. This is certainly important. But as I see it, this election demonstrates … Read more about A Campaign against Fear
Spoiler Alert: the "surprise" plot twist of Batman v Superman is mentioned in this post. Yesterday morning I wrote a mostly negative review of Batman v Superman, having watched it with my family on Thursday night. I just didn't leave the theater with an overwhelming sense of enjoyment. In fact, … Read more about A Girardian Reading of Batman v Superman
Spoiler Alert: at the end of this review I discuss the "surprise" plot twist of Batman v Superman, though anyone familiar with the Superman comics of the early 1990s knew what was coming when Doomsday appeared in one of the trailers. Even when I was a kid reading comic books, I had a preference … Read more about Batman v Superman: A Grim Theodicy
During an icebreaker exercise a few days ago the question was asked: "Would you rather be helpless or hopeless?" I'll choose helpless over hopeless every time. Every time. I can't live without hope. In fact, I'm not sure anyone can live without hope. I believe hope is necessary for human … Read more about Whatever Happened to Hope?
My "giving up church for Lent" blog series was disrupted last week when I traveled to Dallas for the Progressive Youth Ministry conference, which you can read about here. Now I'm in Atlanta for the NEXT Church national gathering and finding my days just as full. But I'm still thinking about the … Read more about Spirituality in Twelve Steps
An idea for a unique conference for progressive youth workers. Some conversations with Tony Jones. Three years later, we've wrapped up our third successful Progressive Youth Ministry conference and we're already working on the next one. This has been a wild ride. In his opening sermon, Neil … Read more about #PYM16 Afterglow