Sermon: Outside the Party?

Sermon: Outside the Party?

A very important note about sources: Several structures, themes, and ideas of this message, especially some text enclosed in quotation marks, has been lifted from the course, available on the udemy platform, entitled, “Paul and His Letter to the Ephesians,” the copyright for which belongs to N.T. Wright Online, 2016. Also see the relevant sections [...]

What’s going on?

What’s going on?

I have always said that Los Angeles wasn't the city for me—that doing life in L.A. would be a catastrophic mistake. I was going to get my Ph.D. in French history and run off to a cushy European tenure-track professorship. To live the remainder of my life in L.A. would mean (in the words of Racine's Le songe [...]

Sermon: The Friendship of David and Jonathan

Sermon: The Friendship of David and Jonathan

In this message, we think about spiritual friendship through the lens of the friendship between David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18). Ultimately we see that God enters into covenant relationship with human beings through the paradigm of friendship. Jesus himself said to his disciples, "I have called you friends, for all that I have heard [...]

Towards a Socialistic Theology: Rethinking Paradigms

Towards a Socialistic Theology: Rethinking Paradigms

I rarely read David Brooks’ writing; a recent article of his published in The New York Times fortuitously brought to my attention the reasons for which I neglect his work. Namely, he used the phrase, “conservative intellectual,” without a shred of irony. All joking aside, however, it is in the very same article wherein one [...]

Healing and the Promise: Chapters I-III

Healing and the Promise: Chapters I-III

Originally published in two installments in 2016. This is an edited and collected version including a final chapter written in mid-2017. Chapter One (June 2016) In the first volume of Marcel Proust’s, In Search of Lost Time, one of the characters introduced is the up-and-coming socialite, M. Swann. He often visited the Proust’s country home in [...]