The ultimate quest

A few months back, “church geek” that I am, I was perusing through some parish newsletters from around the diocese when I came across an article mentioning a book titled, The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to (...

Embracing the culture that shapes us

As you may know by now, the diocesan Big Read for 2018-2019 will be the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. This is a fitting sequel to the Big Read we just concluded on Exodus, since Acts recapitulate...

A pop culture miracle

Doesn’t Jesus turning water into wine feel like a pop culture miracle? Is there any other miracle where it’s just about having a good time at a party? You’ve been there. At a party and someone needs to make a b...

The Gospel According to Bob Dylan

In the beginning, there was Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bo Diddley. Even before these innovators of rock and roll, there were other voices calling out in the wilderness. Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington and Ji...

What would Buffy do?

The first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer is unforgettable to all Buffy fans. It’s sort of like “Where were you when JFK was shot?” The first show opens at night with a young couple breaking into a closed a...

Harry Potter and the one who lives

Each October, magical folk throughout eastern Columbus arrive by Floo-powder, portkey or merely apparate to the “All Saints School of Theology and Wizardry” in New Albany, Ohio. In this highly themed, imaginati...

C.S. Lewis: Apologist and Rock Star

I’m not sure if I’m right about this, but I think I am. If you thumb through “Holy Women, Holy Men,” which is, at the risk of oversimplifying, the Episcopal Church’s version of the veneration of saints (some we...