• Faith
  • Christian (Anti-)Materialism

    Christian (Anti)Materialism - [Literate Theology]

    ‘Tis the season for decking the halls, listening to carols, and trying to manage the expectations and social norms of gift-giving. In recent years, I’ve noticed increasing discussion on wanting Christmas to be less materialistic and more focused on Jesus, most often applied to gift-giving. One trend is this gifting rhyme: “One thing they want, One […]

  • Gospels
  • Living in the Tomb

    Sermon: Living in the Tomb - post on Literate Theology / Kate Rae Davis

    Reflections on John 11:32-44, delivered at Our Lady of Guadalupe Episcopal Church. ******* I would have stayed in the tomb. In the Middle East, it’s hot. Which means decomposition sets in quick, and the stench of that rotting process is heavy in the air. So if I had been four days in a tomb, in the […]

  • Gospels
  • Mustard Seeds (and Other Weeds)

    This sermon was written for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington. The lectionary texts included Ezekiel 17:22-24 and Mark 4:26-34. Perhaps you’ve seen photos of people standing beneath mustard shrubs that are twenty, sometimes thirty, feet high. The shrubs are larger than some trees, looming over the people standing beneath, who smile in its shade. […]

  • Movies / TV
  • Mad Max Christ

    Mad Max Christ - read on Literate Theology / Kate Rae Davis

    This post is part of a series on the theology of Mad Max: Fury Road. Find the rest of the series here. In the opening scenes of Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), we see Max (Tom Hardy) captured by War Boys of the Citadel. A prisoner of this empire, his body is under their control. The empire […]

  • Gospels
  • Correcting Our Spectral Overlap

    This sermon was written for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Seattle, Washington for the Seventh Sunday in Easter. The gospel text was John 17:6-19. There are glasses available now that correct color blindness. People with green-red color deficiency– the most common form of colorblindness– experience the world in relatively muted tones because of what is […]

  • Gospels
  • Peter Walks on Water

    Sermon on Matthew 22:33, “Jesus Walks on Water,” originally delivered at St Paul’s Episcopal in Seattle, WA, at the 5pm Service. We practice a shared homily in which the homilist gives a few minutes of her or his own reflections before inviting the responses of the gathered community. May this homily encourage you to interact […]