a prayer for justice

 Oh God of this world and universe, You constantly surprise us. You bring about life where there is only death. You sing to us sweet melodies that comfort those despairing. And you guide us with hope. The horrific acts these past few days have made our hearts heavy. There was a bombing of a ColoradoContinue reading “a prayer for justice”

an epiphany sermon

This sermon was preached on January 4th, 2015 at The First Reformed Church of South River, NJ.  A few summers ago, I lived at St. Joseph’s Catholic Worker in Rochester, NY. For those who do not know about it, the Catholic Worker was founded by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in the 1930’s. They wantedContinue reading “an epiphany sermon”

“i met god, she’s black” and the death of the author

The first time I saw “I Met God, She’s Black” it was being worn by a friend at seminary. I thought they made it themselves. It’s not like there’s a bunch of t-shirt companies who: a) care about theology b) even if they did, it would probably be pop-theology. So they could make some money offContinue reading ““i met god, she’s black” and the death of the author”

jesus the riddler and the parable of the talents: a sermon

Jesus loved to work with parables. And in Matthew’s Gospel, from the 13th chapter onward, you can find them everywhere. I like to think of parables like I think of riddles. They make your mind think one way, but really the answer is flying in the opposite direction. Growing up, my mom would prepare theContinue reading “jesus the riddler and the parable of the talents: a sermon”

theologically imagining via comic books

Typically comic books and theology sound odd together in conversation. They represent two separate camps; one’s stationed beyond the trees in the land of pop-culture and superheroes. While the other is found amongst the cloud-covered mountains. And never the twain shall meet. This summer I sunk my teeth deep into the comic book cosmos. And afterContinue reading “theologically imagining via comic books”

jesus was a cyborg

As custom, posthuman films, including Her, Transcendence, and Lucy, prescribe qualities on the anthropological project. Questions for viewers arise: What does it mean to be human? Are humans unique because their conscience? Is it necessary to have a body to be human? These films convey simply that to be human means to demonstrate a willContinue reading “jesus was a cyborg”

Queering the Stations of the Cross(es): The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene

in the gospels, we already met a simon, simon peter. he was foolish, but brave. the one who made the confession that jesus was the messiah (matthew 16:16). now that jesus bears the cross, he is found nowhere near: a run away. a new simon was found, one who was trustworthy and strong, simon ofContinue reading “Queering the Stations of the Cross(es): The cross is laid on Simon of Cyrene”

politicizing neighbor-love

When Christians separate the notion of neighbor-love from politics and they lay claim to universal Christian love, the neighbor-love becomes impotent in the world. When the rhetoric of neighbor-love becomes an apoliticized affirmation of love and life, the neighbor-love can be meaningless and even dangerous because it romanticizes love while ignoring thanatopolitics (politics of death) thatContinue reading “politicizing neighbor-love”

god’s promiscuous, indiscriminatory Love

Her broadened my view of incarnation. I was so fascinated with Samantha (the operating system) and the ways she fleshed her voice while interacting with Theodore. This is not your normal romcom. It pushes the limit for what it means to be in a relationship, how one can love non-bodies, and the power of love. Theodore andContinue reading “god’s promiscuous, indiscriminatory Love”