It sounds simplistic, but we cannot love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength and love our neighbors as ourselves if we don’t believe we are valuable, worthy of love and belonging, from God and from others.
How can churches and Christian leaders be better at actually enacting servant leadership rather than hierarchical, top-down leadership?
How Langston Hughes' poem “Harlem” still gives us a lens through which to understand racial relations in America.
Creation is the ultimate act of divine revelation. And that revelation requires both the ‘natural’ world and the products of human culture. Humans are not (just) the audience to whom God is revealed, we are part of the very picture of revelation itself. Humans are necessarily and essentially part of the created realm.
This is the idea that different parts of creation have legitimately different rules, tasks, and duties, given them by God for the proper functioning of the world.
There’s a scene in the 2006 Will Ferrell movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in which Will Ferrell’s character, Ricky Bobby, is saying grace before a meal. He addresses his prayer explicitly to “baby Jesus.”