Our crime is the negligence of the real for the simulacra: the representation of the thing is not the thing itself, but its shadow made tangible. We reify God by diffusing his relevance into the things he has given us, and in so doing “defang” His power to transform our lives, to conform to the pattern He has set for us. We thereby strip Him of the glory only He can handle, and of which only He is deserving.Read More
On March 13, 2017, I delivered a sermon at RUF UCLA at the kind invitation of Rev. Matthew Trexler. I chose to write about the (not very often discussed) scene in Luke 4 when Jesus visited the synagogue of his youth in Nazareth to deliver a message. I ask whether or not it has any relevance for our lives today.Read More
My six-part series (at the moment 5-part) published through Medium is being edited and will be published here on my main blog—ideally in a few months. In the meantime, however, I thought it would be fitting to provide links to all of the published stories for completeness' sake.
We are confronted with the dilemma of the gospel. This is to say, we are confronted with a God who intervened and who interrupted the order of things. As we debated the allegedly higher questions of the human condition, God himself commissioned his son to deliver us from the captivity of the wise, from the prison of the self, from the terror of death.Read More
The beauty of the garden, however idyllic, is qualified in the second stanza. What we learn is that in the garden-close, at least now, birds do not sing their songs. It is an interpretive leap, but I believe that the “thoughs” of vv. 6–8 indicate a perversion of the purity of the garden in the first stanza. This is to say that the text is not in stasis, it is moving from its exalted state to a self-reflexive criticism in search of an ill-defined Other, with the implication being that it was lost at some point.Read More