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“The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. This play is going to haunt me for a very long time.

“The Christians” by Lucas Hnath. This play is going to haunt me for a very long time.

May 2, 2016

Since its premier Off-Broadway in New York in 2015, The Christians has been produced in theaters across the U.S. and U.K.  Neil Ellis Orts recounts his experience with the play in Houston. The only theater pieces I’ve seen more than once are pieces I’ve been in or directed — at least, until The Christians came to The Alley Theatre, here in...

Not Especially: Changing one word in our prayers can make a huge difference

Not Especially: Changing one word in our prayers can make a huge difference

Jan 12, 2016

There’s a thing I do whenever I’m the one leading the prayers of the people that I don’t think I’ve ever really talked about before, but it came up at lunch after church this past Sunday and I found myself expressing myself in this way: I said, “I take deep theological exception to the word especially.” Until that moment, I...

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: 5 Golden Rings … or not

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: 5 Golden Rings … or not

Dec 30, 2015

What do you do when you don’t get the true love, much less the five gold rings? This is, more or less, the question that prompted me to blog this Christmastide on queer perspectives. I keep coming across LGBT folk who are single and miserable about it, to the point of depression and self-destructive thoughts. I suppose I know something of these thoughts,...

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: Holy Innocents & the Politics of Power

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: Holy Innocents & the Politics of Power

Dec 29, 2015

Queer Christmas Day Four – Holy Innocents The Feast of the Holy Innocents is another odd day in Christmastide, another horrific story of death during the season of Incarnation. There’s much to say about this brief episode in the second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel. Although there’s little historical evidence to support Matthew’s...

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: The Feast of Stephen

Thoughts on a Queer Christmas: The Feast of Stephen

Dec 27, 2015

Each year, I’m taken with the arrangement of the church calendar, that the First Day of Christmas, we remember and celebrate the Incarnation of God, followed by the the Second Day of Christmas (Dec 26), the Feast of Stephen, the first Christian to be martyred for his faith in scripture. It’s as if to say, here is God in the flesh, and here is just...