‘I Am a Man’: The Theology of Black Resistance

Over the past couple of years, I’ve written a fair bit about Black theology. It’s a big and broad tradition that deserves consideration on its own terms, so I encourage you to check out all of my previous posts that attempted to promote its voices with as little editorializing comment from me as possible. (And, … Continue reading ‘I Am a Man’: The Theology of Black Resistance

Finding God in Suffering: John Donne’s Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

Today’s post will be unique in this series, Theology from under the Rubble, for it is the only one that engages with a strictly personal, rather than national, calamity. But, our private tragedies are no less serious for the life of faith — and in some ways they can feel worse, since we are in … Continue reading Finding God in Suffering: John Donne’s Devotions upon Emergent Occasions

This World is Not Our Home: St Augustine and the Sack of Rome

In 410 AD, Rome was sacked by an army of Visigoths, setting off a crisis — of identity no less than politics — within the Roman Empire. Everything its citizens had believed to be certain and secure now seemed up in the air. It raised big questions about the relationship between God, the Church, traditional … Continue reading This World is Not Our Home: St Augustine and the Sack of Rome

Wrestling with Grief and God: Lamentations

In 586 BCE, the Babylonian army laid siege to the city of Jerusalem. Three months later, with the citizens facing starvation, the walls were finally breached. The city was taken, the Temple razed to the ground, and Judah’s ruling classes removed from the Land. (See 2 Kings 25.1-12 for the story.) For the people of … Continue reading Wrestling with Grief and God: Lamentations

From Under the Rubble (Again): A Reflection for Ash Wednesday 2022

Two years ago for Ash Wednesday, I wrote about how 2020 was shaping up to be an apocalyptic year. And that was when COVID-19 was still a couple weeks away from becoming the pandemic that has overshadowed pretty much everything else since. Suffice it to say that the news has not gotten any better over … Continue reading From Under the Rubble (Again): A Reflection for Ash Wednesday 2022