In Company


On the wall of my study hangs a poster-sized picture of my confirmation class. It’s a game for my church members to come in & try to find sixth-grade-Josh. Not a hard game, actually. I keep it even though I can’t remember everyone’s name—it was a big class, and not everyone was a regular at […]


This is part 2 of “Theology in the ‘Verse,” which deals with Joss Whedon’s Firefly TV series as it is continued in the feature film Serenity. This post contains spoilers, so if you are planning on watching the episodes or movie, check them out first and then come back to read and comment! What do […]



I doubt there’s many folks who are unaware of the latest tragedy in the Catholic Church, in several places around the globe, revealing still more sexual abuse of children by priests. Yet more troubling are allegations that the very structure of the church has protected, harbored, and shielded abusive priests and perpetuated this scourge by […]


Living the Gospel for Haiti

As we pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering from the earthquake in Haiti, I remember the words of Jesus in his home synagogue of Nazareth. The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor.  (Luke 4:18) The Good News of Jesus […]


Down on “religion” & up with “faith”?

I’ve noticed in a number of places the trend of opposing “religion” with “faith.” Setting up these two concepts as foils–as in “religion does x badly, while faith is perfectly y”–might be catchy, but is terribly false. The underlying concept seems to be something like religion, religiosity, etc. all have an institutional component which squeezes […]


“Let no place in me hold itself closed…”

For some reason, reading poetry seems the perfect way to end the day. Rainer Maria Rilke’s The Book of Hours is especially appropriate in the last, dark hours. Written at the turn of the last century, it is as powerful in the first decade of this one. I am quite taken with this particular poem, […]