I am deeply invested in writing, thinking, and talking about spirituality. Occasionally I am met with questions about the worth of such endeavors (whether that’s from friends that have left Mormonism, people concerned about the economic viability of my career path, or just those that find spirituality and humanities-esque things unworthy of that sort of […]Read more "Does Any of This Matter?"
Cece and I have had several conversations recently about what the goal of Church is that seem to us to distill into two purposes—to be comforted and to wrestle. This is probably a different articulation of the idea perhaps apocryphally attributed to past prophets, that the Gospel should “comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable”. […]Read more "Finding Comfort in the Wrestle"
I wrote a few weeks ago about how I’d love to see a fantasy-genre’d adaptation of the New Testament and today I’m thinking about the New Testament and Christ’s ministry as comedy (a joyful, comic interpretation of the Gospels would be INCREDIBLE). This may come across as blasphemous to some, but I don’t intend it […]Read more "The Comedy of Christ"
It’s Palm Sunday. The triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem just days before it all falls apart. He’s betrayed. The people who days before cheered his arrival cry for his crucifixion. This moment of joy and celebration, which we know is fleeting and will soon come to an end (and arguably return even stronger with […]Read more "When Things Fall Apart"
We often talk of the command “To be in the world, but not of the world.” There’s general resistance to this phrase in the progressive Mormon community (and probably other progressive religious communities) due to how it’s used and what is generally meant by “the world” from those who say it. I’d like to dig […]Read more "“The World” & Building Zion"
A couple days ago, I attended a performance of Lamb of God, a musical production from Rob Gardner about the final days of Jesus Christ’s life. I was surprisingly moved and touched by the performance—the choral and orchestral music allowed the emotions to run a bit deeper and for me to feel things that I […]Read more "The Gospels as Fantasy"
An approximation of a talk delivered 11 Feb. 2018 Another defining difference between Cece and I is that I title all my talks, this one is entitled “The Riddles of God: Embracing Uncertainty in Pursuit of Wisdom.” Cec also had a title for hers: “talk for church.” My talk is inspired by two talks from […]Read more "The Riddles of God: Embracing Uncertainty in the Pursuit of Wisdom"