On Tuesday, March 24, against the advice of public health experts who project the ongoing, increasing spread of the deadly pandemic, the President called for the end of our life-saving social distancing by this Easter. He said that, on Easter, the churches would be packed. But Easter is the triumph of love over death. Of … Continue reading Love will Empty Our Churches this Easter
I remember meandering through the magazine aisle at my local grocery store to look at design magazines. To be honest, it was an excuse for my closeted self to ogle the muscle-bound bodybuilders covered in sweat, wearing next to nothing. What was not to love? My eyes traveled to a handsome, preppy, all-American looking guy … Continue reading How Could LGBTQ+ Christians Respond to Aaron Schock Coming Out?
What is in one is in the whole. Our illusions of separateness and disconnection are being exposed for the paper thin lies that they are. We have to effort into social distance, because it turns out that the norm is proximity and contact. The world, rather than being out there and full of them, is … Continue reading We Are All Connected
People are social distancing and yet, we know that none of us can thrive in isolation. With the rise of Coronavirus cases and growing desires to limit the spread of the potentially deadly virus, church leaders are using digital tools to provide virtual worship and connect with their congregation. While every platform, program and device … Continue reading 10 Tips for Online Ministry in the Wake of the Coronavirus
To examine the figure of Christ in the context of twentieth-century Latin American culture is to enter into a fascinating world of poets, priests, novelists, insurgents, social prophets, heterodox missionaries, and political agitators. It is a world of tensions between an Iberian form of Christianity inherited from colonization and an Anglo-Saxon form of Christianity that … Continue reading In Latin America Jesus Inspires Institutions and Insurgents
Foreign Thing is the name given to Hagar when she enters the Hebrew Scriptures in Genesis 16. By then, she was already an enslaved person in Abram’s household. It’s very likely that Hagar came to live with Abram and Sarai during their sojourn in Egypt. Depending on which translation of the Bible you are reading, … Continue reading God Saw a Sexually Exploited Foreigner Named Hagar