[W]hen you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything…Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything. When I first heard Donald J. Trump brag about sexually assaulting women, I froze. I also froze when he said that these statements were merely “locker room talk,” and that focusing on them is a “distraction from the important issues.” What I mean by “I froze” is that I did not have the words, in those moments, to explain what I thought or felt….Continue Reading “Trauma and Recovery in the Era of Trump: A View to Mircea Eliade, Michel Foucault, and the World of Biblical Narrative”

Lent is a period of time which for many Christian traditions is observed during the forty days leading up to the Easter celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  For the ancient Church, Lent was that time when those who were preparing for the sacrament of Baptism undertook special spiritual and practical disciplines to prepare for their entrance into the Church, the body of Christ.  Then, as now, Lent is forty days of preparatory contemplation, discipline, and prayer.  Forty is a serendipitous…Continue Reading “Fighting 45: A Lenten Reflection”

Christianity has been declared illegal in the United States of America. There’s no prohibition against professing one’s faith in Jesus. In fact, speaking the name of the Christian savior is in vogue with the current presidential administration as was evident in the multiple Christian-specific prayers offered at President Trump’s inauguration. Prominent religious figures even suggest the most recent election was guided by divine action. The Rev. Franklin Graham declared: “I believe God’s hand was in [Trump’s election].” But is the hand of God visible in…Continue Reading “Christianity Declared Illegal by Executive Order”

Look! He is coming with the clouds; every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail. So it is to be. Amen. —Revelation 1:7, NRSV from The Jewish Annotated New Testament I think that most of us, regardless of political or religious affiliation, can agree that 2016 was an incredibly challenging year. For myself, this past year brought the great disappointment of a Trump presidency, and the shock of my cousin’s heroin…Continue Reading “Moving Forward in 2017: Hope in the Trump Era”

Progressive Christians are familiar with the biblical reading strategy: identify a prophetic moment—best if you can quote Jesus—and extend the pure meaning of the passage in support of the world’s marginalized over against their oppressors. While I am sympathetic to this sort of engagement with the Bible, I wonder how useful this tactic is in the United States of Trump. Indeed, if Trump won the presidency because he mobilized disenfranchised rural, white voters with appeals to xenophobia and misogyny, is a reading strategy that pits…Continue Reading “Hearing Voices in Haunted Scriptures”