Several years ago I wrote a prayer based on the beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-16) and posted it on this blog. It is one of my most read posts and people regularly find it because it is the top result when you google "prayer based on the beatitudes". Many people have left comments asking for permission to … Read more about Are Prayers Intellectual Property?
When it comes to pastoring and preaching, I'm mostly on the sidelines these days. I recognize that I'm not in the trenches pulpit this morning, like many of my friends and colleagues. I'm not even in Virginia today to stand in solidarity with neighbors who are hurting. So you can take or leave what … Read more about Maybe Rewriting Your Sermon Isn’t Enough
Last week three generations of Vests vacationed together in Florida—my father, his brother, one of their first cousins, spouses, children, and grandchildren. It was a lot of fun, some of which will require at least a week of recovery. It was truly a week of feasting, in every sense of the … Read more about Church Hacker
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