Creating Space

Blosphere confessional: I rant here sometimes. More than that, some might say that I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder about a couple issues that come around regularly. To the point: I can be downright confrontational about the fact that the Bible is not inerrant or that the world as we know […]

Selling Sex

There is a sex industry because people are willing to pay for it. There is a sex industry because men (mostly) want to have sex, yes, but also because we want to be aroused by it. Last night I attended a screening of Nefarious: Merchant of Souls, a Christian documentary about the sex industry. It […]

There Is No They

There is no they, only us. I got a reminder of this today, an uncomfortable reminder that I probably needed to hear. There is no “they.” This is what I told the guy at the hardware store. More specifically, I told him, “YOU ARE True Value.” I bought a hose storage unit at my local […]

Eschatology, Death, & Animals

What if Christianity’s great, final vision–where sin and death are no more but have been swallowed up forever–what if this great, final vision is not just for us? What if the specter of death is removed from all creation? What if this is indicative of a harmonious cosmos in which there is no fear of […]

Talk About Sex

Talking about sex is one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” sort of things. The images and lyrics and jokes and stories that fill our culture place sex at the forefront of practically everything we see and hear. But when the church tries to speak about sex, it often does so […]

No Country for Old Qoheleth

Over the past couple of weeks, the Reel Spirituality folks have posted the first two parts of a three part series I’ve written on Coen Brothers films and biblical wisdom literature. The first was on True Grit and Proverbs, the second on A Serious Man and Job. Today’s installment is on the Qoheleth-haunted landscape of […]