Theology

The trouble with Good Friday

The day of Easter is the culmination of the story of God's plan for salvation -- a reminder that death does not have the last word. But before Easter, a happy day is festivity, comes Good Friday: a day of darkness when Jesus was crucified, and the Jews were blamed for it. Good Friday is… Continue reading The trouble with Good Friday

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Theology, Social Issues

American Christians and “Persecution Envy”

Some Christians complain about having to experience any discomfort at all. Others seem unable to get enough of it – or they’ve experienced so little genuine suffering that they have to create it. I can’t help but think of Kim Davis: the county clerk from Rowan County, Kentucky, who in 2015 refused to issue marriage… Continue reading American Christians and “Persecution Envy”

Social Issues, Theology

Inspiration for wealthy evangelicals (and no one else)

When I read my friend Neil's blog post, The Christian Finish, I couldn't help but think of "Christian Instagram culture" -- the types of posts that feature open Bibles next to mugs of coffee (guilty), with a story of hardship and how God came through in the end. As you know, being an Episcopalian and… Continue reading Inspiration for wealthy evangelicals (and no one else)

Theology

On having a “flexible faith”

I once had a high school English teacher who told the class we could argue in our term papers that Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is about a cheese sandwich, and get full credit...if we could make a credible case for it, using textual and historical evidence. As far as I'm aware, no one wrote a… Continue reading On having a “flexible faith”

Social Issues, Theology

Two theologies of suffering

Harold Kushner's book, When Bad Things Happen to Good People, is a beloved classic for people of all religious backgrounds. For those who haven't read it -- or read it a long time ago and need a refresher, since the book is nearly 40 years old -- Kushner asserts that God wants to prevent suffering… Continue reading Two theologies of suffering

Social Issues, Theology

MAGA hats and the importance of symbols

Ever since the kerfuffle at the March for Life last week between a group of Catholic school boys in MAGA hats and a Native American veteran, I've been thinking a lot about symbols -- how they get their meaning, and how the same object or slogan can mean different things to different people. I know… Continue reading MAGA hats and the importance of symbols

Theology, Writing & Publishing

For the Christian whose testimony is “different”

There are a lot of articles out there for Christians whose testimonies are too "bland." For the person who grew up in a Christian home and answered an altar call at the age of four, who can't remember a time in their lives when they weren't Christian, they often wonder: how can I make an… Continue reading For the Christian whose testimony is “different”

Theology

What does a “Christian influencer” do?

"Christian influencers" are everywhere on social media -- I even follow a few of them, hoping to find posts that address the same spiritual struggles I deal with, or kindred spirits whose backgrounds are similar to mine. In a recent Instagram story critiquing the popular self-help book, Girl, Wash Your Face, one such "influencer" I… Continue reading What does a “Christian influencer” do?

Theology

Why the Episcopal Church? Part 2

See also: Why the Episcopal Church? Part 1 Episcopalians are just one denomination in the liturgical strands of Christianity that recite the Nicene Creed every week during their Sunday services. This creed, if you're unfamiliar with it, is basically a summation of the central doctrines of the Christian faith. It was composed in the 4th… Continue reading Why the Episcopal Church? Part 2

Theology

A nuanced look at the Great Commission

My editor for Patheos sent me a link to this blog post by Cross Examined, asking me to respond to it. It's about why Christians should ignore the Great Commission, because supposedly it wasn't meant for them -- it was meant for the original disciples. I read it over, and decided to turn it down… Continue reading A nuanced look at the Great Commission