I won’t sit here and pretend to be privy to some secret cosmological truth after just two semesters of college. Better men than me have spent their entire lives pondering, only to leave this planet just as confused, if not more, than when they entered. A theory of everything would shake the foundations of my beliefs, no doubt, but I must admit I would commit my life and career to searching for such a theory if given the chance. Maybe this suggests that I would make a bad scientist, or perhaps that I am a bad Christian. Though I have no solid answers, what I do have is a head full of questions. Continue reading Free Will-y?
Liturgical services have an officiant, they have acolytes, and they have a congregation. So does racism. Continue reading We, the Congregants: The Liturgy of Racism
I am a pacifist. I believe that when Jesus said “turn the other cheek”, He meant it; that when Jesus said “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”, He meant it; that when Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, He meant every word he said. If you choose to look at the teachings of Jesus from this perspective, it’s clear that … Continue reading On Privilege and Pacifism
This afternoon, President Trump ordered that the nation’s Governors allow their churches to reopen this weekend, deeming them essential to America. A few thoughts on this: Continue reading Are Churches Essential to America?
“It is disturbing that our nation has become comfortable with weekly broadcasts of black bodies falling to the ground. It’s become an unsolicited prime time series that we all hope and pray will be cancelled from the collective consciousness of America’s civic memory… The death of Ahmaud Arbery is not an anomaly but a historical pattern of behavior that binds every American to an unexamined history of our nation.” – Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III Continue reading A Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery
300 people have more wealth than all the other inhabitants of China, India, the U.S., and Brazil combined? How can this be? And how have so many of us accepted this state of inequality as normal, and even as right and morally justified? Continue reading The Case for Jubilee Economics | pt. 4
Look back through history. Often times it easy to focus on the bad – the wars, the disasters, the plagues, the genocides, etc. But for now, let’s focus on the overlap of the good and the political. Think of one positive political change, preferably one that has happened during your lifetime. Once you have that change in mind, expand on it: think about all the individuals, groups, events, and processes that were involved in making that change go from a dream to a reality. I’m almost one-hundred percent certain that you’re list will be long and never fully complete. Continue reading The Case for Jubilee Economics | pt. 3
Since early March, my wife and I’s local church (like all other sane congregations) has cancelled in-person services in favor of online times of worship. These streamed services still take place during the same time (Sunday at 10am) and largely follow the same pattern (opening song, welcome statement, announcements, children’s time, liturgy, etc.). Continue reading Go to (your couch for) Church!
Not all debts are financial, but all debts are moral issues complete with ethical (and religious/spiritual) implications and considerations. To view the very idea of debt as something that can be solely isolated to the physical realm is wrong, because debt (of any type and any amount) creates and sustains a power dynamic between moral agents. Just as it is dangerous to over-spiritualize the idea of Jubilee, it’s equally dangerous to over-materialize the concept of debt. Continue reading The Case for Jubilee Economics | pt. 2
The ministry of Jesus as recorded in the Christian Gospels was full-to-the-brim with Jesus challenging the presumed authorities of those with power in His society. Jesus was not afraid to confront and disregard the authority of everyone from the orthodox religious leaders, to the elite financial figures of Palestine, or even the whole Roman Empire itself. Continue reading The Case for Jubilee Economics | pt. 1