It’s not so much that we’ve ruined Christmas as that we’ve let Christmas ruin Christianity. Our skewed understanding of gifts has led to a skewed understanding of spiritual gifts, and so of Christianity.
What if we re-imagined education so that failing was not a disaster, but part of the process? What if we started to think that way in our own lives as well?
God’s grace? I know God’s grace. I know that it’s sufficient and wide-reaching and freely given, not earned. I know what I’m supposed to know. But grace doesn’t sink in and I live as though God’s grace is enough for everybody except me.
We know, in the abstract, that we might be wrong — we just never think we’re wrong in the here and now. But what if the space of being-wrong is precisely the space Christians — as redeemed sinners — are called to inhabit?
We live in an age of international terror, and an age of refugees. Countries that used to be safe from terrorism, like Kenya, France, Lebanon, and Nigeria, have seen massacres that take one’s breath away. What is behind these catastrophes? And how should American Christians respond to the overwhelming tide of refugees and the terrorists some believe to be hiding amongst them?
Dress codes may be a band-aid that is needed for our current sexually wounded society, but we can’t think that bandaging the wound is the same thing as treating the disease.
The Christian’s challenge of late modern fashion.
When we start altering the genetics of an organism, are we playing God? Well, of course we are. I would argue that we are playing God all the time.
An increasing number of people have questioned whether or not research into and the use of GMOs is ethical and whether Christians should be involved with this research. Can Christians in good conscience use GMOs to full our mandate to care for creation?
The primary object of the science of psychology is human nature and how it is expressed in thoughts, actions, and feelings. God created humans to think, act, and feel and be in relationship with other humans.
Christians don’t all agree on the best way to frame a specifically Christian view of the student. Drawing on Niebuhr’s idea that there are various ways to think about the relationship between Christ and culture, let’s look at three biblically-informed ways Christians have come to view the young humans sitting in our classrooms.
While the law may assume rationality, it’s a fair question whether people are really all that rational. At the same time, if we so often behave irrationally, how is it that we are competent to judge something like reasonableness?
To be human is to be the middle pole in the God-human-creation relationship. And God has asked us, not merely to reflect God’s love back to God, but to be the part of creation through which God’s love can be refracted into all the different parts of creation.
When I think about the Levites who ministered by night, I think about a dedicated, reliable group who got things done and—through their skill and humility—made the work look easy.
Unfortunately, when we are drawn into a discussion that looks at environmentalism on such a large scale, we miss the opportunities to be stewards of creation that are right in front of us on a daily basis.
While the effects of sin will never allow us to perfectly obey the creation mandate, how can we become more obedient to the creation mandate, and what does living in accordance with the this mandate mean, not just individually but institutionally? How can an institution be a good steward?
Once we understand that earthkeeping has more to do with who we are rather than what we do, we are free to develop practices that reveal where our heart is.
I am a Christian conservative voter. I landed in the Republican Party because it most closely identified with my beliefs and values many years ago, and I am still involved in it because it continues to be the party that most closely identifies with my beliefs to this day.
In the 2000 presidential election I voted for Ralph Nader, a decision that brought ridicule from all sides. I had grown weary of the inability to think outside the box.
To be a Christian and a Democrat hardly seems possible to some, but there is more than the “one issue” of abortion to being a Democrat.
The Bible has many stories or texts that might make us wonder how it can be part of God’s Word. These are the Bible stories no one talks about.
Sometimes our Reformation emphasis on putting the Bible in hands of everyone leads to the false conclusion that the Bible requires no interpretation.
The Bible is now practically everywhere; thanks especially to the smartphone app. However, ironically enough, biblical understanding and its use has become shallower and less serious as biblical access has become more convenient and easy.
The best thing we can do to prepare to read and hear the biblical story is to exercise our imagination.
I don’t agree with those who say that busy-ness or the demands of our jobs make it hard for us to live lives of free and gracious giving.