On the Importance of Bombs

Warning: this post is rated PG-13 for language. If you find strong language deeply offensive, please come back tomorrow. But really, the offense of strong language is the point. Sometimes life needs to be rated PG-13 for language. Because the reality of life rarely lives up to its Rated-G billing (better: the Rated G fascade […]

Psalms in the Story

The community we have been worshiping with on Sunday nights, Eucharist, is about to launch a series on the psalms. Here are some slightly modified reflections I put together for the weekly newsletter on reading the psalms as part of the larger story of scripture: “Let my whole being bless the Lord! Let everything inside […]


I usually enjoy having a blog. But not today. The fun began… er… “ended” last night when a friend alerted me to what you will find if you Google my site: I’ve been told that this is false advertising, that jrdkirk.com does not, in fact, offer the lowest prices on the web for Cialis. I […]

My God, My God…

While hanging on the cross, Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” This cry of dereliction is an allusion to Psalm 22, a lament of Israel’s king who has been handed over to his enemies. Riffing off of Walter Brueggemann’s theology of lament: lament is when we join with the […]

The Wrong Question?

Yesterday our church group read Psalm 6 together. A psalm of lament, the prose is interrupted abruptly at one point with, “But you–how long, o Lord?” It seems to me that we, in our day and time, are more apt to ask, “Why?” as though it’s a strange occurrence that bad things should happen to […]