Welcome to Subversive Preacher
At the turn of the 20th century hundreds and sometimes thousands would fill the town squares to hear poets of the day recite their verse, and the Sunday sermon was eagerly awaited as a highpoint in the week. The poets and preachers gave voice as they always had, to the enduring hopes and dreams of the human imagination and perhaps even God. They also voiced a compelling sense of meaning for current events, and for the circumstances of daily life within the greater purpose of Creation.
The poets have been making their way back lately, cutting through a mindless and loud cacophony of voices now filling the public square, lassoed as it is by minions of electronic tethers. But preaching continues to disappear, evaporating into the netherworld of irrelevance before the more compelling sounds and images of the 21st century that stroke our egos and titillate the drones of pleasure within us. From the big churches with consumerist theology commoditizing God and quantifying human existence with moralistic measures, to the little churches with boring, unimaginative and lifeless ‘homilies’, preaching has found its bottom in the landscape of North American Christianity.
The muse at this site is a heartworm, one that will crawl inside and over time, week after week, eat away at the domesticated Christianity and generally puny spirituality of American religion. Here is what you will find:
Sunday Post – a sermon normally based on one or more of the readings in the Revised Common Lectionary
The Rant – a mid-week poke at some common nuisance of contemporary life, and at times, a more gentle reflection on the ordinary grace in every day.
Links, and occasional munchies – in addition to artists links under “Friends of subversivepreacher” (FOSP), you will find a link to my author website and social media. Sometimes, unplanned extra announcements or essays pop out too.