Sexuality and spirituality have been on my mind as we prepare for tonight’s Level Ground Film Festival. I am very aware of the cultural conversation that continues to circle around marriage equality and issues related to legal matters. As a pastor and theologian, my concern is more specifically … Read more about Sex Is Not Simple
I want to throw something out and see if it has legs. I will be playing a character today - feel free to play along! My great-grandmother was born into a world that no longer exists in many ways. I’m preparing a presentation for the Subverting the Norm Conference. I have been reviewing a book … Read more about Our Theology Starts 100 Years Ago: an experiment
Charles Taylor, in his book Modern Social Imaginaries, utilizes the term ‘social imaginary’ to refer to god-like capacity described by Benedict Anderson in Imagined Communities. The term encompasses a threefold meaning: First is the way that ordinary people “imagine” their surroundings in … Read more about When did America become like God? or Who would die for their country?
Walter Brueggemann - legendary Hebrew Bible scholar - is back on the podcast! His books include The Prophetic Imagination (now in 2nd edition), Praying the Psalms and Journey to the Common Good (among so many others) are treasured as indispensable resources for students of Scripture. This … Read more about Brueggemann’s Guide to the Bible
I’m thinking about voting for the first time next month. I mean, seriously thinking about it. But I’m not sure I want to break the seal - cross that threshold - and break my long string of abstaining. Here is the background on why I have never voted: In High-school my family moved from … Read more about I Might Vote For The First Time Next Month
Recently I stumbled on what might be the most interesting reading of Moses at Mirebah I have seen. It comes from the book Emergency Politics by Bonnie Honig (also on Kindle). In it, she is engaging the theology of Franz Rosenzweig - a contemporary and rival to the German (later Nazi) Carl Schmitt … Read more about A Most Interesting Reading of Moses at Meribah (Numbers 20)
Clayton Crockett tells that you can't go home again. The world of religion and politics has changed so radically that the old definitions and boundary markers are nearly unrecognizable - and even less helpful. Clayton Crockett is Associate Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the … Read more about Radical Political Theology with Clayton Crockett