Rogue Homilies – Fall 2016 Issue Is Here!

Rogue Homilies, Theology

    Oh, family. You’ve waited and loved well, and I’m happier than anyone to announce that the first issue of Rogue Homilies is here. Thank you for sharing your stories and your lives in these pages. You’re a generous people. I’ll be blogging the story of how this magazine came to be in the coming week and […]

November 14, 2016

You, then Me: An Advent Homily for San Bernardino


[December 2] I wake to small voices behind a nursery door each morning. Two-year-old Evangeline calls out first, sweeps the long bangs from her face, and pulls her blue and white polka dot blanket over both shoulders, its train following behind her; she is regal. She swoops up an oversized stuffed wolf into one arm, […]

December 3, 2015

In Praise of Keeping Time: A Homily


I have little interest in being cryogenically frozen upon my death, but I’d be lying if I said I weren’t sympathetic to the Larry Kings of the world who might one day push pause on their very bodies, to suspend themselves in time while everything else must keep on moving and ticking. If I should […]

December 1, 2015

Anyway Love: A Rogue Homily for Sarah Bessey [A Synchroblog]


When Out of Sorts author Sarah Bessey posed the question, “What did you used to think but don’t think anymore?” I realized I could’ve answered in bullet points leading active verbs, could’ve made a full-on documentary complete with singing cartoon interludes, and could’ve packed crates full of flyers dropped from 10,000 feet and scattered into […]

November 7, 2015

How We Hold Out Best: A Rogue Homily on Fear


I used to count on death. This is what the depressed do. It’s the “suicide pill” the broken mind keeps in its darkest corner. That “out” looks almost like hope in this light. The resemblance is uncanny. That kind of light casts the widest shadow so that even happy comfort words get met with a […]

October 8, 2015

Dr. Pepper and God: A Rogue Homily on Faith


Meet my new genre: the rogue homily. Let’s be clear; I’m no preacher man. I do want desperately to reconcile my life ledger and make sense of the mess in the margins, but my theology’s hot—stolen from people way better than I am. I want to put God on the page but usually end up […]

October 7, 2015

To My Fellow Worriers: How About We Actually Live This Year?


To say I’m anxious is an understatement. I’m more like a forecaster of doom. You know, the mundane oblivion we’re all destined for, the kind that’s coming for us on the sure horizon. I roll my eyes at the hoarding doomsday preppers stockpiling their munitions and canned foods in repurposed school buses. But I wonder if […]

December 29, 2014