Most people don’t set out to be the bad guy. Most people don’t commit acts of evil for the sake of evil. Throughout my college and graduate school years, as I studied philosopher-theologians like St. Augustine and Thomas Aquinas, they helped me begin to understand that we, as human beings, are all motivated by our… Continue reading What is Good?
Wilfrid J. Harrington writes, “The great throne dominates Revelation: a constant reminder that God rules even in our chaotic world.” As we move into chapters 4-5 of Revelation, the setting of John’s vision shifts to this “great throne”. In Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature, revelations are mediated to the human recipient in two ways: in… Continue reading Understanding Revelation: Only One is Worthy (Chapters 4-5)
Please note: This post is not a statement about my position on any particular political party, or the NRA, so please do not read it as such. This post is meant to focus particularly on a theological statement about torture and baptism asserted this past Saturday night. Normally, I try to overlook stupid or offensive things that politicians say because… Continue reading Torture, Baptism, and the Via Dolorosa
I spent this past week as the camp chaplain up at Spring Heights, the camp of the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. It was far and away the best week of the year for me. There is just something very special about being at Spring Heights. For those who have never been… Continue reading The Better Part: Hearing the Voice of God at Spring Heights
In the opening moments of The Hunger Games, we are immediately introduced to the dire poverty in which Katniss Everdeen and the rest of her community live. It is a community stretched to the brink of existence by hunger, lack of resources, and (nearly) complete dependence upon the controlling Capitol to provide for its “second-class”… Continue reading The Hunger Games: Poverty
I have been thinking of writing about “The Hunger Games” trilogy for a while now, and I am finally getting around to it. Part of my delay has been due to being so wrapped up into reading and re-reading the books (and seeing the movie) that I haven’t wanted to break away from reading them… Continue reading Devouring “The Hunger Games”
… After watching the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea FC, I am finding it very hard to dislike Chelsea. While I have an MLS team (the Philadelphia Union) that I am very much invested in, I am still kind of exploring EPL. While I have tended to lean towards Everton and Arsenal,… Continue reading Ok, I’ll say it…