Category: Faith

Eboo Patel on interfaith leadership

We have another video from Calvin College’s ongoing January Series for you, this time of Eboo Patel’s presentation on “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Religious and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century.” An American Muslim of Indian heritage, Patel has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, and is founder and executive director of the…  [more]

Watch Marsden, Mouw, Plantinga and Wolterstorff at Calvin College’s January Series

We’ve been following Calvin College’s January Series of lectures on faith and culture, and are pleased to bring you video of one of the more engaging talks thus far. “The Renaissance of Christian Thought” reunited four luminaries from Calvin’s past - George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff - for a wide-ranging consideration of the state of Christian…  [more]

A call for cautious co-belligerence

“We are too busy withholding mercy from the living so that we might display a big spectacle of how much we want mercy to be shown to the unborn.” With these words, Michelle Higgins sparked a controversy and drew national attention to a missions conference in St. Louis last week. Higgins, the director of Faith for Justice and an activist for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, shared her comments during this…  [more]

Let’s take a second look at those New Year’s resolutions

It's January, which means it's time for another burst of short-lived enthusiasm. While most of the world is busy trying to refashion their physical figures with the latest fad diets, health gadgets and workout routines, those in the Christian community tend to look to their spiritual figures. Perhaps we'll find a new Bible reading plan or devotional series. Maybe we'll get more involved in our…  [more]

Mark Zuckerberg, the Rich Young Man

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan announced last week that they intend to “give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives” toward a mission “advancing human potential and promoting equality.” The occasion for the announcement was the birth of the couple’s first child, a daughter named Max. While some have accused Zuckerberg and Chan of…  [more]

Learning how to love from Master of None

In an interview with the A.V. Club, Aziz Ansari described the theme of Master of None, his new Netflix series, like this: “Instead of yelling your opinion, or telling people to shut up, or engaging in this clickbait-internet culture, have a dialogue with someone and ask people questions and listen to what they have to say.” After seeing several episodes, I think this ethos comes through strongly,…  [more]

Embracing the mystery of Biblical miracles

A recent Slate article reflects on the problem of how to understand Biblical miracles in our modern world. One possible solution, taken to extreme by Thomas Jefferson some 200 years ago, is to simply ignore any mention of miracles. The third president of the United States actually excised from his Bible anything he considered too mysterious to be truth, resulting in what's known as the Jefferson Bible. At least…  [more]

Do Christians underestimate fiction?

I’m not one to worry about those aspects of modern life that threaten good old-fashioned reading. After all, even though I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was 7 and though I studied English and writing in college and though I’ve spent a career as an editor and a writer, I wasn’t a big reader as a kid. Though I did read and liked it — the click of the syntax, the weaving of sentences,…  [more]

The WHO bacon scare and a theology of enjoyment

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) tried to take our bacon away. Or at least that’s how some news organizations first interpreted the announcement that processed meats have been classified as carcinogenic to humans. The real news was less dire, only announcing that the evidence confirms a link between colorectal cancer and certain eating habits (such as eating two strips of bacon a day). Over at…  [more]

In defense of Oprah’s Belief series

Oprah Winfrey aired an inspiring documentary television miniseries last week called Belief. The seven-part show focused on how religion is lived out in heartfelt ways across the globe. Belief and devotion were portrayed in a positive light. Winfrey’s dedication to sharing how religion can be used for peace and healing was refreshing. It seems that there is an increasing amount of skepticism these days about…  [more]

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