J Brandon Meeks

J. Brandon Meeks

Writer

J. Brandon Meeks (PhD., University of Aberdeen) is a writer, studio musician, and sometime poet. He serves as Theologian-in-Residence at his Anglican parish in Arkansas. He is the author of The Foolishness of God: Reclaiming Preaching in the Anglican Tradition and is a regular contributor to The North American Anglican.

The Holey Scriptures: Why Bible Reading Leaves You Empty

Posted on December 10, 2020
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“If you want to understand what a particular verse of Scripture means you have to stop reading it. In fact, you should never read a Bible verse.” This is how I have opened virtually every talk that I have ever given to would-be Bible students. The Bible is a collection, not of individual verses and…

Once More with Feeling: Recovering the Joy of Godly Lament

Posted on October 5, 2020
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Ours is an age of happy-clappy religion in which everyone thinks that true spirituality is marked by Cheshire grins and saccharine clichés. But this isn’t Christianity, it’s a caricature. It is little more than Stoicism with a toothy facade painted onto it. Christianity grew from the fertile soil of Judaism, with its rich tradition of…

A Good Story: Narrative as Theodicy

Posted on August 6, 2020
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“If God, why evil?” When men first announced the death of God these four, short, stabbing, syllables were thought to be the nails in the Creator’s coffin. This riddle may not have been the instrumental cause of his death, but it was certainly thought that it would prevent any future resurrection on his part. Unfortunately…