The Bible, Sex and Communication

The over-spiritualization of the Song of Songs is theological body-shaming. In the last twelve years, I have written these columns about marijuana, mixed martial arts and my monastic adventures. But my 2019 column about pornography got the most attention. Sex sells....

Virtual religion?

COVID has accelerated an already existing change in our religious landscape. I have a tendency to make unrequested proposals. I’ll have some “great idea,” write it up and send it to some poor, unsuspecting soul. Most of the time these folks are very gracious to...

Democracy disgraced.

Christian Nationalism is neither. They carried crosses. They carried flags and banners with Christian symbols. Clothing was adorned with symbols and slogans about Jesus. Am I describing medieval crusades? Christian nationalism was on display at last week’s terrorist...

Nolstalgia

Idolizing the past, in my opinion, is akin to giving up on the future…God’s future. In the old book there is a story of a ribbon-cutting. Decades after the Babylonians destroyed Solomon’s temple, some of the exiles came back to rebuild it. You can imagine...

Virtual life?

My phrase for what life will be like after this is over:  The Great Reboot Last week I finally raked my leaves. Yes, the leaves that fell in November. Forty bags lined up in front of my house. So I called the City of Fayetteville Solid Waste Department and told them...

A COVID Easter

Little did we know that this would continue for over a year-and-a-half. Do I need to describe how odd it is to preach in an empty sanctuary? Or do a Bible study in front of a laptop? Or livestream myself on Facebook? But I am grateful for the technology that allows me...