This Land Is (not) Your Land, This Land is My Land: Thanksgiving, Advent, and the Fleeing Christ

This Land Is (not) Your Land, This Land is My Land: Thanksgiving, Advent, and the Fleeing Christ

This post was originally published on the Tokens Show Blog on December 4, 2015.  “I find it ironic on this Thanksgiving Day—a day of sharing, hospitality, and welcome—that our nation is divided as to whether we should extend hospitality to those seeking refuge in our borders.” Such was my dad’s opening remark as he welcomed […]

On crucifixion and lynching, part 2

Belfast, N. Ireland In David Tombs assessment, sexualized violence may be one of the most significant correlations between crucifixion and lynching. Citing a few historical records (due to time, he could not share more), brutal sexualized violence – such as castration or genital impalement – were known features of some crucifixions, even during the 1st […]

On crucifixion and lynching, part 1

Belfast, N. Ireland (DISCLAIMER: Graphic details of sexualized violence and images of lynching contained herein.) Yesterday I attended a seminar my professor David Tombs gave at ISE, at which he read a paper he is presenting today at a conference in Chicago. The paper is looking at the new book The Cross and the Lynching […]

On Columbus Day

Belfast, N. Ireland In light of the U.S. holiday of Columbus Day, I find it prudent to pause and revisit the ‘American hero’ who my country of origin celebrates today. Some businesses and schools close down for the day, folks grill out (if the weather permits), and in this technological age, Facebook statuses and tweets […]