Next Year in Jerusalem [Book Review]

If a new subgenre could be coined for John Kolchak‘s book, Next Year in Jerusalem, “grim gospel” would be more than satisfactory. Set somewhere in the arid wastelands between Nikos Kazantzakis’ The Last Temptation of Christ and Gore Vidal’s Julian, Kolchak weaves a Hobbesian Palestine where the life of a man is solitary, poor, nasty, brutal, and short, especially […]

Worry: A Sermon for the First Sunday of Lent

This sermon was offered at St. Lydia’s in Brooklyn, New York on the first Sunday of Lent, February 17, 2013. Worry. Luke 12.13-34 I was an anxious child. I worried about being left alone. I worried about doing the right thing, whatever that was. I worried that other kids would pick on me. I worried. And as I […]

Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now: The Manchester Passion

The Manchester Passion was a public, outdoor event performed on Good Friday, 2006, put on by BBC3 in the English city of Manchester, home to some of the most iconic post-punk and alternative bands of late twentieth century English rock. The goal was simple: tell the story of Good Friday through the seminal and influential […]