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Christian Theology

How an Episcopal Priest Is Using Stories and Humor to Teach Others About Christianity

Danielle Tumminio | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Danielle Tumminio

The Bible is funny -- the stories of Sarah and Jonah and Zaccheus and Zachariah crack me up every time I read them; so do some of the conversations between Moses and the Israelites... We miss some of the wit and rhyme in translations, but much is still there in English."

We Desperately Need A New Conversation On Homosexuality And The Bible

Father Shannon Kearns | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
Father Shannon Kearns

Over the past 10 years I have found myself doing two things over and over again: Coming out and having conversations about the so-called "clobber passages" relating to homosexuality and the Bible. I have grown weary of those conversations.

The Gospel According To 'Game Of Thrones'

David Lose | Posted 08.06.2013 | Religion
David Lose

The recent furor in Christian circles about George R. R. Martin's magical and medieval-like world of Westeros reveals one of the unspoken dividing lines between two very different understandings of Christianity.

Making Sense Of Death Is Living Life Wisely

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

If we have truly given ourselves to others, and ultimately, to God, something profoundly transformational occurs: our friends and family can gather together in a Eucharistic spirit of love in remembrance, and therein be healed. Like Jesus, our deaths become a source of healing and life for others.

Our Dangerously Safe Jesus

Mark Osler | Posted 07.25.2013 | Religion
Mark Osler

I read the Gospels, deeply and often, and each time I am struck by the revolution Jesus urges. He unsettled nearly everyone who came to him. But when I see people leave church today, I rarely see anyone who is amazed or disappointed or angry or unsettled at all.

A False Gospel Of Reconciliation

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

There's a false gospel on the loose in the evangelical church. And it is nothing less than a diabolical doctrine that comes clothed in a bright, angelic, counterfeit message of "reconciliation."

I And My Father Are One

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.20.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

In coming to a greater understanding of Christian masculinity, I am calling us to introspect and to adopt more fitting approach -- one that bears the fruit of Scripture's high calling, "reconciling the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers."

The Pope And The Devil

Richard W. Kropf | Posted 07.19.2013 | Religion
Richard W. Kropf

Pope Francis takes the Gospel warnings against Satan very literally, seeing the modern tendency to write the devil off as a kind of mythical expression or literary fiction as a kind of victory for evil's influence in the world. Having been trained by Jesuits, I understand where he is coming from.

Christian Masculinity, The WWF And Unbelonging

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

"Imagine 10,000 men, fathers, sons, brothers and Christ-followers, coming together to worship God and learn more about the life of true adventure He intends for us as men." That's an actual description of one such event. If you're like me, you're very, very nervous to read any further.

WATCH: Stanley Hauerwas: What Is A Christian?

Travis Reed | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Travis Reed

Stanley Hauerwas reluctantly defines Christianity and talks about the signs of a baptized life and identity.

Is God A Minimalist?

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Contrary to popular belief, quality is not quantity's illegitimate child. Is it not better to have a congregation of 300 committed Christians than a stadium-sized assembly of 30,000 churchgoers who are there to be served rather than to serve?

Happy Birthday, Soren Kierkegaard!

S. Brent Plate | Posted 07.06.2013 | Religion
S. Brent Plate

On May 5, 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was born in a well-off home in the northern European town of Copenhagen. The Great Dane's works have found their way woven into fiction and philosophy, especially via that of the 20th-century Existentialists like Heidegger and Sartre.

Journeying Into A Creative Existence

Phil Shepherd | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Phil Shepherd

I am a fan of creativity. I stand by a theology that believes: if we are made in the image of our Creator, we are inherently creative ourselves. But even with that said, I've never seen myself as much of a creative type.

C. S. Lewis, 50 Years On

Greg Garrett | Posted 06.15.2013 | Religion
Greg Garrett

His books are selling more than 6 million copies a year, new special editions of "The Screwtape Letters" and "A Grief Observed" are due out this year, and this November, he will join Shakespeare, T. S. Eliot and Chaucer as writers buried or commemorated in Westminster Abbey's Poets Corner. It is, literally, the year of C. S. Lewis.

The 5 Cs Of Christian Mansplanation

Morgan Guyton | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

Christian mansplanation usually involves a guy with a low social IQ whose expertise in the faith obliges him to do things like asking patronizing, predictable rhetorical questions of complete strangers in social media in order to help them become experts in Christianity too.

A Broken Heart And A Man Named Daniel

Alisha L. Gordon | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Alisha L. Gordon

All of his heroic stories shaped who I am. I never questioned whether or not the miraculous things that occurred in the book of Daniel were really legit. Today, I found out that they were not and sat with my mouth agape and my heart tormented.

Does Matter Matter? Reflections On The Bodily Resurrection Of Jesus

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

If Christians believe that salvation concerns only a state of mind, then what does it matter if we feed the hungry, or take care of animals or practice chastity?

Two Kingdoms Of Christianity

Richard Brand | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Richard Brand

The great show of the new pope is the best example of the theology of glory. The story of Good Friday is the story of the theology of the cross. It is not hard to see where Christianity in the United States is rooted.

Building A Seminary Student Movement: A Missing Voice In The Cause For Change

Wayne Meisel | Posted 05.22.2013 | Religion
Wayne Meisel

We need a seminary student movement that leads the church and the nation into deep engagement that combines service, advocacy and social justice. We seek to create a culture of service whereby everyone is challenged every day to engage in the world.

Pope Francis On Power, The Poor And All Creation

Daniel P. Horan, OFM | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Daniel P. Horan, OFM

St. Francis' whole program of the "Gospel Life," was about the renunciation of power that placed barriers between him and others, him and God, and him and the rest of creation. Pope Francis seems to understand the significance of his name.

Underground Religion

Malcolm Boyd | Posted 02.15.2013 | Religion
Malcolm Boyd

I believe that underground religion is just beginning. It's neither a gimmick nor a media event. Our culture is changing. We are changing. I feel very positive about this. I am hopeful and energized by great possibilities. Yes, they are wonderful.

The Gospel Of Nudge

Mark D. W. Edington | Posted 01.08.2013 | Religion
Mark D. W. Edington

This is an essentially incarnational approach to the work of Christian theology, if only because it insists on regarding with equal seriousness the aspirations our faith teaches us to have for the fullest of our humanity, and the realities we are discovering about our essential and universal frailty.

The Radical Vulnerability Of God

Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2013 | Religion
Kristin M. Swenson, Ph.D.

Each year, within every cycle of time, it comes round again: the radical vulnerability of God, willingly chosen out of desire for intimacy with a complicated, hard-headed and desperately tender world.

Postmodernism And The Future Of Evangelical Theology And The Christian Church

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose | Posted 02.25.2013 | Religion
Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Common folks within the church now read the Bible for themselves to decipher what is truth. The church was pushed out of the business of having the trademark of truth. The biggest challenge for the church now is postmodernism.

Why Do Some Theologians Blame The Victim?

Brandon G. Withrow | Posted 02.18.2013 | Religion
Brandon G. Withrow

Many of us are shocked every time we hear it, but this type of thinking -- to blame the victim while claiming to read the mind of God -- is not a new thing.