A couple years ago I explained why I don't join in the practice of giving up something for Lent. Basically, I find the most common sacrifices (chocolate, TV) relatively trivial. Also, I'm not in favor of a monotonously gloomy Lent followed by an abbreviated bunny-and-ham-filled Easter (which is supposed to be a whole 40 days of its own, remember). And for me at least, the habit could actually distract me from meditating on the meaning of Lent more than it focuses me on it. (I'm not… [more]
The Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Mich., recently announced they are founding a research hub for the new and exciting field of epigenetics. The better known discipline of genetics studies genes, mutations and genetic inheritance, whereas epigenetics studies chemical modification of genes that have profound effects on how genes… [more]
You see, friends, because we are not subservient to the empire but subjects of the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, we have the audacity to say to the darkness, “We beg to differ!” We will not be a pawn to the Prince of Darkness any longer, because we owe him… [more]
Who do you talk to when you pray? When I talk on the phone, I’m usually picturing that person as we speak. Who do I picture when I pray? The Christian faith is based on the claim that God become human on our behalf. But what would it look like… [more]
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3: 22-23) Beck, once a wunderkind of the ’90s alt-rock scene and then a surprising darling of the Americana world, sits back, digs in and… [more]
With the Oscars approaching, we’re awash in pundits (myself included) weighing in on the best movies of 2013. The New Yorker got in on the fun earlier this week with a humor column in which Puritan minister Cotton Mather (1663-1728) shared his views on some Academy Award-nominated films. Of the… [more]
A few nights ago I was outside commiserating with my neighbors after the snowplow had gone by, displacing large chunks of snow and ice from the street to our driveways. We’ve had more than 100 inches of snow this year, and we’re tired. Tired of shoveling and snow blowing, and… [more]
If we were to ask most people what adjectives spring to mind when they hear the words "video game," we might get a lot of different answers. Frantic, yes. Fun, yes. Violent, to be sure. Strategic, maybe. But I highly doubt that "gentle" would be at the top of the… [more]
A controversy erupted in Oklahoma recently when the Oklahoma legislature erected a privately commissioned stone memorial inscribed with the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol. The Oklahoma ACLU and an organization called American Atheists filed lawsuits in federal court, claiming a violation of the First Amendment… [more]
How do you play with your Legos? Um, I mean, how did you play with your Legos? (Because surely adults no longer mess around with such things.) According to The Lego Movie - a fantastic family comedy that’s as much artistic expression as it is product placement - how a… [more]
Among the many Christian themes that have coursed through the career of U2 is that of reconciliation, a taste of which could be had Monday when the band performed "Ordinary Love" during the premiere episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Written for last fall’s biopic, Mandela: Long Walk… [more]
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Aron Reppmann: One thing I especially appreciate about Plantinga's position is that it reflects the dynamic character of thinking and believing: rather than a once-for-all proof or disproof, faith-filled thinking is an ongoing task.
Moherring: The problem is when value is assigned to human beings based on physical beauty (or talent, wealth, intelligence, or anything else for that matter.)
Christopher Hutton: My understanding of Imago dei has always seemed to imply that Imago dei wasn't the flesh, but it was our human practice of thought (rationale) and subcreation (imagination).
Tamara Hill Murphy: I think the storyline tells the truth ... that a self-proclaimed "master of my own fate" (needs) to wake up and notice he needs other people.
Tim Evans: Beauty, excellence, creativity, meaning, mystery - all qualities of God that He has planted in us and which, even thought they are marred by sin, draw us back to Him.
Kelly VE: I've always marveled, wondered, at times doubted how God could possibly be listening to and loving each and every one of us, all the time, without ceasing. Strange as it may be, Samantha's character made God's omnipotence more tangible.