A Girardian Reading of Batman v Superman

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

Was Jesus Born to Die?

I preached this sermon on Sunday at the afternoon jazz worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church. It weaves together a couple of earlier blog posts and Tony Jones' new book Did God Kill Jesus? (I'll have more to say about Tony's book in an upcoming post.) The scripture reading was Luke … Read more about Was Jesus Born to Die?

Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

When I was in high school, my favorite youth group leader was a man named Dave. I don't recall him being an especially astute biblical scholar or a profound teacher. But he showed up every Sunday afternoon to play volleyball with us and his gift of time and attention meant the world to me. His … Read more about Does Everything Happen for a Reason?

Sh*t Happens and God Picks Up the Pieces

In his ongoing #progGod series of posing theological questions to progressive Christian bloggers, Tony Jones asks, "Why a crucifixion?" I first wrote an answer to this question a year ago (read it here) in response to Tony's ebook  A Better Atonement. Here is the essence of my take on the … Read more about Sh*t Happens and God Picks Up the Pieces

Check Out The Cabin in the Woods

When I first saw the trailer for The Cabin in the Woods, I didn't really think much of it. It looked like another typical contemporary horror movie. But after reading several glowing reviews for it, I decided to check it out yesterday. While I wasn't as surprised by the big twist as many reviewers … Read more about Check Out The Cabin in the Woods

A Down to Earth Holy Week

Like so many times when we read the Bible, if we don’t pay attention to the original context of a particular passage, we miss the point or—even worse—read it in a way that is quite different from how it was intended. In the case of Holy Week, it is critical to understand the political, social, and … Read more about A Down to Earth Holy Week