Junior High Conversations

During Junior High youth group (5th-8th grade) this past Wednesday night, while casually eating dinner together, a student abruptly asked aloud "What and where is the soul?" What commenced was an exciting conversation in which 7th graders were asking questions regarding such topics as how the probability of infinite universes corresponds to the creation story … Continue reading Junior High Conversations

The Myth of the Incarnation

I just started reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for the first time this week. This is my initial plunge in the ‘Romantic Era’ of literature. I have to admit that my tendency to prefer the abstractions of philosophical jargon pull me in an anti-poetic direction sometimes and yet good literature always has a way of eluding … Continue reading The Myth of the Incarnation

From Charismatic to Episcopalian

[Note: I use ‘Episcopalian’ and ‘Anglican’ interchangeably because they are in fact interchangeable. Also, I acknowledge that the Charismatic church is not a unified communion in the same way that the Anglican communion is, but both resemble some form of ‘movement’ or ‘tradition’ and my encounter with their particular congregations makes them comparable. I am also … Continue reading From Charismatic to Episcopalian

Morning Prayer as Rebellion

Morning is darker than night. As we awake, we arrive yet again into an unsatisfying world. A world of eternal finality- perpetual death. The fantastic escape afforded us by our dreams has come to a violent end. We are still here. Here to face the pain and anxiety of life once again. Every morning we … Continue reading Morning Prayer as Rebellion

Christian Optimism is Boring

[This post was written following election week for my brother's blog] After Trump won the Presidential Election (God, help us all), I was surprised by my Facebook feed. It was so…boring. Granted, every single post was election-related, which was expected, but nevertheless, I. Was. So. Bored. Why? This: “Guys, let’s just all remember that no … Continue reading Christian Optimism is Boring

Transfiguration at the Table

Eucharistic Re-Enchantment of the World. There’s a problem with ‘Memorialism’ (the idea that the sacraments are merely symbols) championed by Zwingli. This concept pervades modern Christianity, not just in Eucharistic doctrine, but in the debilitating effect it has on our ability to interpret the world and our place in it. If the convergence of the … Continue reading Transfiguration at the Table