Here are reflections on the Church, the Spiritual life and the gothic subculture as a Christian who identifies as a goth. Since I am a pastor and spiritual director I wanted to create a space to explore and struggle with issues of church and pastoral care in an age of post-Christendom.
Here are also found portfolios of my iconographic work.
I invite the reader to explore with me the world of the priestly goth.
Recently discussion of Lillian Daniel’s essay in 2011 and subsequent book on the Spiritual but not Religious (SBNR) and the need for institutional religious community, has been appearing in my social media streams and in a few blog posts. This has dovetailed with two books I’d picked up recently. I wasn’t surprised but, I’m finding that […]
Stages of the Nearly completed Theophany icon. If interested in this icon it will be available in my Priestly Goth Icons Etsy shop in September.
I’m embarking on a series of posts in which I want to look at what it means to be church in light of Ferguson, Missouri and the killing of Michael Brown at the hand of a police officer (and that this sort of incident is a far too common.) This inquiry assumes much that I’ve […]
This is one of the icons I was working at the Glenwood Ave. Arts Fest. If you are looking for an icon or would like to commission an icon, Use the contact form here, or visit my Etsy shop, and click on the Request Custom Order button.
This past weekend, August 16th and 17th, I was showing icons and doing some painting at the Glenwood Ave Arts Fest. This is the second time I’ve done “live art” at a festival and been painting icons in public. I’ve shown my icons at the Glenwood Ave. Fest for several years now. Not surprisingly the […]
I’m on a search to find my place in our current landscape and to tell a certain story about how I believe I have found my self in this moment and place. In doing so I’m finding that there are many ways to tell the story of our current “crisis”. I feel though that […]
At the third session of the Symposium for the Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Urban Ministry, I responded to a presentation on Raymon and Henry Emerson Fosdick’s relationship to Rockerfeller, I spoke of renunciation (of privilege and whiteness) and voluntary poverty (drawing on the Monastic Tradition) as an answer to the problem presented. I spoke deliberately […]
From an Evangelical Covenant perspective, as I understand it, defining the Church as a fellowship of believers stems from our experience of the Pietist revivals in the Lutheran State Church of Sweden. Before the Pietist revivals the experience was that Lutheran Church was coextensive withe the people of the Nation State of Sweden. Every Swede simply was baptized as […]
It has been a little over a week since,Thanks to Emerging Pensees, I came across this guest post by “Brandon Morgan”*, over at Roger E. Olson’s blog. Tony Jones had his reply, and then reflects on the labels evangelical liberal and progressive. And Austin Roberts at Imago*futura calls it an identity crisis, and then gives an account […]