VATICAN’T (Catholicism Without All the Uplifting Parts): Week 1 — Avoiding the Void

It’s no secret that I am an intellectually curious guy — to a fault, if my bank account is any indication. I am constantly pulling at provocative threads in an effort both to grow and to incorporate fresh ideas into my existing theological and spiritual framework. (I am currently reading Diarmuid O’Murchu’s Quantum Theology, and over […]

The Departing Glory from a Rotten Church

Since receiving a set of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works for Christmas I have been doing some thinking. As you may know, Bonhoeffer was a German theologian executed by the Nazis toward the end of the Second World War, and one of his most important contributions has been his suggestion that what was needed in his own […]

Our Daily Dread: Dominion Be Damned

Continuing my series of “disruptive devotionals” (which I would love to turn into a book), consider this passage — after referring to the Old Testament’s so-called “dominion mandate,” the writer says: Now in putting everything in subjection to man, God left nothing outside his control. But at present, we do not yet see everything in subjection […]

Sexual Puritans in an R-Rated Culture

As you probably know, Christian and I interviewed Dan Savage on our most recent episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors. For those not familiar, Dan is  a gay-rights activist as well as the nation’s most well-known sex-advice columnist. Going in, we pretty much knew that the episode would make some people uncomfortable. We were right. I won’t […]