Batman & the sources of evil

[SPOILER ALERT: Lots of details included about Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008), and The Dark Knight Rises (2012)] As Christopher Nolan wrapped up his Dark Knight Triology with the release of The Dark Knight Rises, it’s a good occasion to consider how we think about the origins of evil. The Batman franchise has always been interested in the question of what […]

Mercy, Justice, and the Mission of the Church

For the past three years, I have had the privilege of serving as the Director of Mercy and Missions Ministries at Citylife Presbyterian Church in Boston. Ministry in an urban, center-city context has its unique challenges and I have only scratched the surface in learning the various nuances of how to lead our congregation in […]

The Idol of Pseudo-Spirituality

As a recent seminary graduate, I may be guiltier of this form of pseudo-spirituality than others. Hours spent in the library and the classroom for the last three years, scouring over dense books, was not always the ideal green pasture for my Christian life. A trusted friend of mine defined intellectualization in this context as […]

Faith and the Sports Fan

In a year like this one, it’s hard to be a Boston sports fan. In football, the Patriots severely disappointed in their Super Bowl loss. In basketball, the Celtics recovered a mediocre season, only to lose in the NBA Eastern Conference Finals to the Miami Heat. Then, to top off that loss, Ray Allen opted […]

The Grace of Jesus in Bach’s Mark-Passion

J. S. Bach’s Mark-Passion [1] concludes with a tone of intense personal devotion that is the unique product of recognizing something of such worth that it overwhelms our perception and dominates our values. Bei Deinem Grab und Leichenstein, Will ich mich stets, mein Jesu, weiden Und über Dein verdienstlich Leiden, Von Herzen froh und dankbar […]