A Prayer for Pentecost #BlackLivesMatter

O God of raging firesO Jesus, who looted the TempleO Spirit found amongst grief and protestWe come before you in anguish We remember this weekend the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit roared into that upper room and breathed new languages on the tongues of the apostles. It’s a time of celebration for the church,Continue reading “A Prayer for Pentecost #BlackLivesMatter”

The Shock Doctrine and COVID-19

We are currently living in a void, an empty space, a space of potential, not a blank page, but a jumping point. We are adapting to our “new normal,” one where measuring screen time is rendered irrelevant because of our need for connection with friends, family, and co-workers. We are anxious, scared, sad, and lonely.Continue reading “The Shock Doctrine and COVID-19”

Uncrowning the Bramble

I wrote this reflection for Presbyterians for Earth Care. “The trees once went outto anoint a king over themselves.So they said to the olive tree,‘Reign over us.’The olive tree answered them,‘Shall I stop producing my rich oilby which gods and mortals are honored,and go to sway over the trees?’ Then the trees said to theContinue reading “Uncrowning the Bramble”

“Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke

God speaks to each of us as we are made,then walks with us silently out of the night. These are the words we dimly hear:You, sent out beyond your recall,go to the limits of your longing. Embody me. Flare up like a flameand make big shadows I can move in. Let everything happen to you:beautyContinue reading ““Go to the Limits of Your Longing” by Rainer Maria Rilke”

Isaiah 2:2-4, rewritten

I had the pleasure this weekend to hangout with my Presbyterian Peace Fellowship friends. During our times of worship and reflection, we read my rewrite of Isaiah 2:2-4. In the days to come, God’s justice will extend beyond the heavens encircling galaxies, borders, and flags.All peoples and creatures shall recognize such love.They will say, “Have youContinue reading “Isaiah 2:2-4, rewritten”

practicing anti-idolatry for lent

Ash Wednesday marks the start of the anticapitalist season of Lent. A season where one focuses on consuming less and become inwardly focused on spiritual health. A time when one’s worth is not caught up in buying things. One is reminded today of their death as ashes are rubbed into one’s forehead and the recitationContinue reading “practicing anti-idolatry for lent”

rest in power, dr. cone

Today, Dr. James Hal Cone died.  I started reading Dr. Cone in undergrad. Through his books, I came to realize that I can be political in my own theology. I even wrote a blog post attempting to use Dr. Cone’s theology to critique Flannery O’Connor: the compassion of the christ: taking christian theology serious forContinue reading “rest in power, dr. cone”

how wide is your theological imagination?

One of the most theological imaginative ideas in the last 50 years: Capitalism isn’t working. Another World is Possible! A week before Christmas, Pastor Tim Keller tweeted: This comes as no surprise. For Keller, evangelicals, and other Christian conservatives, Jesus’ main objective was to forgive sins. For this reason, accordingly, Jesus was put on aContinue reading “how wide is your theological imagination?”

our politics are still boring

At the turn of the millennium, Crimethinc produced a great and still relevant piece, “Your Politics Are Boring As F*ck.” They describe how practitioners of radical political ideologies are going about things the wrong way. One delightful example posited spending the afternoon collecting food from businesses, who were going to throw it away anyway, toContinue reading “our politics are still boring”