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.
I’m working up some reflections on David Fitch‘s End of Evangelicalism. I have some questions about why one would continue with a particular identity like evangelical, when ones theology is so clearly drawn from such an ecumenical place as David Fitch seems to be coming from. Also, I feel that what the book addresses cuts […]
Editorial note: In 2012 I wrote a post about “gothic sonic identity”, coming out of conversation with Tripp Hudgins around his Ph.D. work in Music and Liturgy. I had intended to write a whole series of posts along these lines. They never came about. Here I might be resurrecting this thread we’ll see if any […]
My friend Tripp recently published a brief musing on suffering and death: it’s kind of goth. I’ve sat with the musing. Part of what he’s wrestling with are the ways many Christians often make suffering trite by attempting to make God responsible for it ( in some way) or at least responsible for making it meaningful. […]
I mentioned in my reflection on intimacy and public worship that I had some more ecclesiological thoughts in response to Donald Miller. Instead of putting Donald Miller’s ecclesiology to the question, I will simply explore how we are talking about church attendance and how we may approach that from asking questions of what sort of thing we are […]
Donald Miller, author of Blue Like Jazz has recently made a stir admitting he rarely attends church and when he does he doesn’t really get much out of it. Miller says he can worship God in other ways, and other means of intimacy with God suit him better than the corporate worship of a local […]
In my current research I’m reading Rob Bell. I began with Velvet Elvis. When Rob Bell published Velvet Elvis and was talking about repainting Christianity I was quite literally painting: writing icons. He was questioning what he had received. He was “repainting” his understanding of the Christian tradition. I was seeking to receive a tradition […]
This is a post in the series on my “sonic identity” a project of reflecting on music and identity following on the path of the Anglobaptist who is exploring such things as part of his Ph.D in Liturgy and Music. There were a number of posts around this topic earlier this year at Anglobaptist.org one can be found […]