“A visionary light settled in her eyes. … Upon it a vast horde of souls were rumbling toward heaven. … (And) she could see by their shocked and altered faces that even their virtues were being burned away.”

                                                                                                   ~ Flannery O'Connor, "Revelation"

These courses, offered as premium content for subscribers and available for a nominal fee beginning in late spring/early summer of 2021, are culled and curated from Sunday morning lectures I taught at the First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood from 2016-2020 for a class called, not coincidentally, "Breaking News."

It is my hope that the content of these lectures (over 100 in total), given in a particular context at a particular time and place, will nonetheless translate across time and space to where you happen to be right now, as they speak to the fundamental essence of human nature, which has remained unchanged from our beginnings and which we continue to experience in both exile and wonder.

 

These classes include my thoughts on the politics of modern life and our unique brand of comfortable American nihilism and the role faith plays in this exchange.

This course includes my reflections on hope and its relationship to time. The spiritual disciplines, and why we neglect them at our peril, are grist for this mill. 

This third series is an extended meditation on the ways that love both injures and heals us, and why, for those reasons, we need it to live a substantive life.

This final series of lectures, on Genesis/Exodus, look at the Divine/human problem and examine why it's so hard in this culture to believe in a God you can neither see nor prove.