Reflections of inconsistencies

William James in his classic work The Varieties of Religious Experience argues that the religious life and vision exclusively pursued tends to make a person eccentric and exceptional. This quote resonates with me on so many levels. On more than one occasion I've had people comment "You're an odd person." So I suppose I've got the eccentric part … Continue reading Reflections of inconsistencies

Political preference or Trump worship?

President Trump is once again attempting to exploit his relationship to Evangelicals who contributed in large measure to his election in 2016. Over this past weekend he attended church in Nevada where he was praised by the Pastor and blessed by parishioners. A picture captured by the New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills captures the … Continue reading Political preference or Trump worship?

Examining Columbus and the hateful legacies of Whiteness

As the annual Columbus Day holiday once again comes and goes, I went back and combined some notes from two helpful books that I read in the past few years that continue to challenge and shape my thinking on these issues. I recommend them both to those of you wanting to educate yourself on these … Continue reading Examining Columbus and the hateful legacies of Whiteness

Less spectacular moments at less elevated positions.

I used to mistake sticks of dynamite for candles. An easy enough mistake to make, after all they both had a fuse and they were both capable of producing light, but one was destructive while the other was illuminating. I used to preach at people instead of having conversations with them. I was convinced that … Continue reading Less spectacular moments at less elevated positions.

Losing my appetite for unremarkable religious stews.

The Bible shares a sordid tale of twin boys, Jacob and Esau. The eldest, Esau, born slightly earlier than Jacob, ended up trading his birthright privileges to Jacob for a nondescript bowl of stew. Because of this action, Esau was forever branded as a profane man. Notoriously regarded as foolish for failing to recognize the … Continue reading Losing my appetite for unremarkable religious stews.