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I am the Rector of St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Houston, TX. I am also married to a beautiful woman and we have two strapping young sons.

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    Coal: The Power of Imputation

    A couple of weeks ago, the Wizard of Netflix recommended the Spike TV (home of all things faux-masculine) reality series Coal. It seemed riveting because it followed two shifts of coal miners down where it is “dark as a dungeon” (Merle Travis)… and it was. I was unprepared, however, for the explosion of Gospel insight. […]

    Good Friday

    Rite I: The Patti Smith Story

    Where do the 1970s New York punk scene and liturgical nattering converge? Why, in the person of Patti Smith, of course. She is the most recognizable female punk rocker of the era and this is disputed by very few people. The only one who comes close is Bromley Contingent matriarch Siouxie Sioux. A little-known fact […]

    Spiritual Bigamy

    It is one of the most soul-ruining delusions among the generality of professors in our day, that they are guilty of spiritual bigamy; they think they must have two husbands, Christ and the law both;… this makes Christ’s righteousness only a foot stool on which self-righteousness mounts the throne.

    -Ralph Erskine

    “You Will Be Like God…” The Richard Hell Story

    In my all-too-obvious attempt to understand my childhood, I have undertaken a study of exactly what happened in the ‘80s, musically. In order to do that, one must understand the prerequisites. In this particular case, the prerequisites involve what happened at a club called CBGB which is located in the Bowery in Manhattan. It was […]

    Fathers, Sons, and Fair Market Value

    I ran across a shocking article on my Twitter feed the other day called “Report: Top College Athletes Worth Six Figures”. In it, the author states: The average fair market value of top-tier college football and men’s basketball players is over $100,000 each, and the athletes are entitled to at least a portion of that, […]

    The Velvet Underground Goes to California (RIP Lou Reed)

    From 1966 to 1969, a non sequitor invaded California which was, at that point, ground zero for the hippie movement. Being the locus of this particular subculture, the vibe of peace, love, and the one-ness of human existence was in the air as if it were a new idea. Since it was believed to be a […]

    Living Bread not Living Dead

    Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. […]

    Do You Have a Zombie Plan? Part VII

    We move in this installment from the fear of others to the fear of what is actually in our own hearts. Oprah had her last show the other day and, while I didn’t see it, my wife told me about it.  She said she had to turn the show off because Oprah’s insistence that the […]

    Do You Have A Zombie Plan? Part VI

    As promised in the last post, we will now begin exploring how zombie movies can use the uncanny to explore our fears of other people. Early one morning this past Fall, when my wife was pregnant, a criminal kicked in my elderly neighbor’s door and entered her house.  Luckily, a dog chased him away, but […]

    The Greatest Alien Story Ever Told: Grace with Vampires and Other Addicts

    It is always a difficult task getting Christians, or anyone for that matter, to integrate a realistic (and Biblical) understanding of the human condition in a personal way. Yet this is just as crucial an apologetic task as discussing proofs of the resurrection. No doubt the diagnostic part of the equation is such a hard […]

    Do You Have A Zombie Plan? Part V

    As I promised in the last post, we now venture into the many fearful layers of our psyche … the land of the walking dead. Sigmund Freud once wrote an interesting little ditty called “The Uncanny“.  In it, he set up an inner conversation between what he called Heimlich and Unheimlich. Heimlich, says Freud, is […]