I refuse to allow myself to accept the inevitability of war. As a historian and theologian, this requires work. People are drawn to war as moths to a flame, no matter their religious, ethical, or […]
Was Jesus Tortured?
This year, on the First Wednesday of Advent (Dec 3), the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence published a report on the CIA’s interrogation tactics between late 2001 and early 2009, when President Obama took office and banned “enhanced interrogation […]
Confronting Violence: Navy Yard Edition, with Habakkuk.
habakkuk one. Yesterday, in the wake of yet another mass shooting brought on by a mentally-unstable person with wide access to semi-automatic weapons, I felt powerless. I prayed, I fell quiet. Oh God, if the […]
Confronting our culture of violence
The horrific shootings at a movie theater outside Denver is shocking. As a nation, we again join in prayer for the victims of this seemingly senseless act of terror. The event again raises significant questions […]
Easter Sunday: The Resurrection Was Not a Victory March
A few years ago I attended a Passion Play/Musical at a megachurch where I used to live. The play ended up being a sort of Cirque-du-Soleil performance of humanity from Adam and Eve to Jesus […]
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