What I find most distressing about Wheaton is not its generally obnoxious vapidity. What I find so distressing about Wheaton is its hubris. What sheer and utter arrogance it is to fire a professor for giving an opinion that has been echoed by numerous theologians, including its most famous alumnus, Billy Graham.
Professor Hawkins has stumbled upon another of those theological landmines in the evangelical world: a belief that is rarely mentioned, widely held, little considered, and provokes a fight as soon as it surfaces.
My British wife worries that our five-year-old talks too much about Trump -- in particular, that the teachers in his pre-school might conclude that we are Trump supporters, which, for the record, we are not.
The Virgin Mary exemplifies the perfect mother's love. Some of us might see this perfection reflected in our own mothers, through their humble spirit, and deep love and devotion to God, as they put their children's needs before their own.
Wheaton College is a private institution and appears to have the right to admit and remove students, faculty, and administrators based on disagreements over ideas. The real question for a place like Wheaton that attempts to hold itself to the highest moral standard is, "Should it behave this way?"
Dr. Paul Church tried to pretend his concerns were "medical" in nature because the gay "lifestyle" is deadly. Oddly, he accompanied this with quotes from the Bible -- hardly a source of medical wisdom.
While its viewership won't come close to that other famous British drama Downton Abbey, we are about to begin a new season of the real life soap opera we've come to think of As the Anglican World Turns.
Never has it been so easy to conduct legitimate background checks or verify credentials; and never has it been so easy to surreptitiously research prospective employees' religion, race or personal views. Employment discrimination is, of course, illegal. However, we know that discrimination occurs, and online searches can covertly facilitate it.
It was 1998, I just migrated to the United States from Jordan with my mother to start a new life. As I reflect now on that time period, I realize that I had subconsciously sought a certain cultural trace in order to understand and appreciate America.
Politics may make for strange bedfellows but the political alliances forged by many American Christians are worse than strange--they are ironic and self-contradictory.
As an interfaith activist, the question of God comes up frequently in my discussions. Who do we worship? As a Muslim, my belief is simple: there is one Creator, and He is the God everyone worships. But I realize that for many other belief systems, that answer is less simple.
In the 2016 "media event," Clinton is up by 12.5 percentage points over Senator "Feel the Bern" Sanders, if Iowa polling is to believed. The ability of most of these polls to accurately gauge who will actually turn out on a cold caucus night for their stated favorites is doubtful at best.
'My passion might be crimson. My blood has leaked onto our cut stones and sarcophagi, I hope indelibly, like the sticky pimples of gum this gnawing populace drop from their mouths onto my city streets.'
When I was 16 years old, I encountered the presence of God. At a weekend retreat held at a church conference center, I felt caught up out of my "normal" awareness into a place of almost ecstatic bliss.
Purpose is the reason that something or someone is created or exists. Everywhere we turn we can see a flood of authors, speakers, pastors, business leaders, etc. broaching the subject of purpose.
The Christianization of ancient Greece in the fourth century and after was not pretty or peaceful. It was the equivalent of centuries-lasting explosio...