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
The final Republican debate of 2015 is on CNN tonight. The topics are national security and global terrorism. Considering the way the leading GOP candidates are vying for the votes of evangelicals, I would love for Wolf Blitzer to ask them some questions that connect their professed Christian faith … Read more about What Would Jesus Ask? #GOPDebate
In the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack, there has been an intensified discussion about Muslims becoming "radicalized." There is an ongoing debate about whether or not we should say that the United States is at war with "radical Islam." Yesterday a leading candidate for President of the … Read more about Radicalized Christianity
Scripture Reading: Luke 8:1-15 Reflection If the gospel has the power to transform lives and change the world, ideally it would be easy to understand and communicate. So why does Jesus go out of his way to talk about the good news of God's kingdom in parables and cryptic metaphors? What's with … Read more about Ears to Hear and Eyes to See
This is my final Fourth Church Daily Devotion, published today. Scripture Reading---Mark 1:14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee announcing God's good news, saying, "Now is the time! Here comes God's kingdom! Change your hearts and lives, and trust this good news!" … Read more about The Good News I Have Preached
I delivered this brief homily as an introduction to an extended performance by Lucy Smith at our afternoon jazz worship service today. Lucy's latest project, Autumn in Augusta: Songs My Mama Would Like, is a tribute for and about her mother. When it comes to music, my mom likes to think that the … Read more about Songs of Our Mothers
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?
A few more thoughts on so-called "religious freedom" legislation, especially for my Christian sisters and brothers. I have heard it said in these past days that some Christians do not believe that their religious rights should be violated to protect the civil rights of others. Clearly, there are … Read more about Forfeiting Power