Advent and Christmas: What We Get Wrong and Why It’s Important To Tell It Right

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the Christian new year in a variety of Christian traditions. The season of Advent marks the beginning of the Christian year and leads up to the birth of Christ celebrated on December 25. Every year, sermons are preached, songs are sung and pageants are performed celebrating and re-telling the storyContinue reading “Advent and Christmas: What We Get Wrong and Why It’s Important To Tell It Right”

On Turning The Other Cheek: Wink’s Interpretation

One of the most famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) teachings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount is the encouragement that when one is struck on the cheek, the thing to do is to turn the other cheek also. There have been many interpretations of this over the years. TheContinue reading “On Turning The Other Cheek: Wink’s Interpretation”

Tearing Tyrants From The Their Thrones: A Reflection on Trump & COVID-19

“From the halls of power to the fortress tower, not a Stone will be left on stone. Let the king beware for yourJustice tears ev’ry tyrant from his throne”–from “The Canticle of the Turning” by Rory Cooney. The news is spreading around the world that Donald Trump, perhaps one of the most polarizing figures ofContinue reading “Tearing Tyrants From The Their Thrones: A Reflection on Trump & COVID-19”

Gnosticism vs. The Canon: A Comparison

I’ve been doing a lot of reading on a diverse number of topics during this pandemic and I found this little gem, the other day: A New New Testament: A Bible for the Twenty-first Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts edited by Hal Taussig. I’ve long wanted to read the Gnostic Gospels to see whyContinue reading “Gnosticism vs. The Canon: A Comparison”

The Danger Of Full Solar Spirituality

I’ve been doing some reading of late, and I’m seeing a number of convergent messages. Recently, Mary Trump, the niece of Donald Trump, published her memoir Too Much and Not Enough: How My Family Created The World’s Most Dangerous Man that was revealing of the family structures in the immediate Trump family that shaped DonaldContinue reading “The Danger Of Full Solar Spirituality”

Recommended Podcasts: For LGBTQ+ Affirmation

This entry will be updated on occasion with podcast recommendations on LGBTQ+ affirmation. If you prefer to read about such issues, check out my recommended reading list here. Faith and Feminism – LGBTQ+ with Jacquie Alexander https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-79-lgbtq/id1438368947?i=1000471431402An interview on one of my favourite podcasts, Faith & Feminism with Jacquie Alexander, a bisexual woman, on herContinue reading “Recommended Podcasts: For LGBTQ+ Affirmation”

Recommended Reading: Books To Read During The Pandemic

Hi all! With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping us all cooped up for much longer than we’d like, I thought I’d share some recommended reading in case you’re looking for some books to pass your time. Literature and FictionThe Muskoka Trilogy by Gabriele Wills (Including Summer Before The Storm, Elusive Dawn, and Under The Moon This seriesContinue reading “Recommended Reading: Books To Read During The Pandemic”

Practicing Faith Alone: Lessons From A Christian With A Wicca Past

Hi all! I was inspired to make this post because many Christians, used to corporate worship, are struggling in this time of isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I thought, as a Christian with a long history of solo worship, that I should some of the lessons I have learned in the hopes that they’llContinue reading “Practicing Faith Alone: Lessons From A Christian With A Wicca Past”

Recommended Reading: Books on Faith, Gender, and Sexuality

Hi all! The intersection of faith, gender, and sexuality has long been an area of interest to me–especially given my fascination with the politics of gender and sexuality that I took several courses in during my university days. I thought I’d put together the most current version of my recommended reading list with notes onContinue reading “Recommended Reading: Books on Faith, Gender, and Sexuality”

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: On Substitutionary Atonement, Christian Faith, and The Cross

I was recently listening to an interview with sex witch Jamie Lee Finch on The Liturgists podcast, and one of the things she found problematic with evangelical fundamentalism stood out as something much in need of addressing. Finch, like many others, had heard the climax of the gospel presented as thus: Jesus is betrayed, handedContinue reading “The Myth of Redemptive Violence: On Substitutionary Atonement, Christian Faith, and The Cross”