Batman v Superman: A Grim Theodicy

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

An Invitation to the Table

I preached this Maundy Thursday sermon at the noontime worship service at Fourth Presbyterian Church today. The scripture readings were Luke 22:14-19 and John 13:3-17. As we gather today to remember Jesus’ final meal with his disciples, the meal which is the origin of our central Christian … Read more about An Invitation to the Table

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?

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