Category: News & Politics

Can spirituality save our achievement-driven kids?

The capacity to subscribe wholesale to the American dream is often thought to be exclusive to adults. We rarely stop to consider the effects of a performance-driven worldview on youth. Yet the insidious tendency to compare ourselves with others, self-identify with our careers and make self-worth contingent upon productivity is as threatening to children as it is to adults. Lisa Miller, director of clinical…  [more]

Questions I have after the Bruce Jenner interview

In an ABC interview last night with Diane Sawyer, former Olympian and step-patriarch of the Kardashian family Bruce Jenner confirmed his transgender identity and said that he* is in the process of transitioning from male to female. For many Christians - and, for that matter, non-Christians - the topic of transgender identity is a complete unknown. What questions can we ask that can help us formulate a grace-filled,…  [more]

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the death penalty

As a family member of a murder victim and long-time opponent of the death penalty, I'm watching with great interest the sentencing phase of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial, which will determine whether he receives the death penalty. One could argue that Tsarnaev's case is not like others. There is no question that he committed the crime, a horrible act of terrorism. The toll of the dead and…  [more]

The new technology of social justice

In his seminal book The Prophets, Jewish theologian Abraham Heschel suggested that the Old Testament prophets saw justice as the supreme manifestation of God's presence. Heschel, a rabbi whose work carved out a place in both Jewish and Christian thought, was the sole survivor of a family who was killed by Nazis during World War II. "God's concern for justice grows out of His compassion for man,”…  [more]

A note about our “bake for them two” post

After publishing a guest post by Jessica Kantrowitz, which proposed one way that Christians might handle the prospect of baking a cake for a gay wedding, readers challenged Think Christian to clarify our position on homosexuality. We mean to answer that here. TC is ultimately a ministry of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which distinguishes between same-sex attraction and homosexual erotic behavior,…  [more]

Should we be “redesigning” death?

“With just a little attention … he might be able to refract some of the horror and hopelessness of death into more transcendent feelings of awe and wonder and beauty.” These words, taken from the California Sunday Magazine article “Death, Redesigned,” speak to a new understand of mortality in our culture. It doesn’t take much experience with death to understand how daunting the…  [more]

The Christian undergirding of David Brooks’ moral bucket list

I am seriously considering taking David Brooks’ recent New York Times essay, “The Moral Bucket List,” adding a dozen Bible references, tacking on an “Amen” and preaching it this Sunday. The piece begins with these words: “About once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. …They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued.…  [more]

Uncomfortable baking a cake for a gay wedding? “Bake for them two”

In Jesus’ time, the nation of Israel was under Roman rule. The Israelites were allowed to live there and practice their faith for the most part, but they had to pay taxes to Caesar and obey the Roman laws. To the Israelites, the Romans were evil and ungodly. They had no place ruling over God’s chosen people in God’s chosen nation. That land had been promised to Moses and his descendants when God…  [more]

Little libraries and loving your neighbor

Were I not so lazy, I’d have a Little Free Library perched on my front lawn. Instead of running books I no longer have space for over to the local used bookstore, I’d walk across the lawn to share the “wealth” of a great book with neighbors – with anyone, really, who wanted to take, or leave, a book from my little library. But alas, perhaps it’s best I am lazy and never learned to…  [more]

Are RFRAs necessary for religious freedom?

Late last month, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial religious freedom bill into law. Though in many ways the law paralleled federal and other state Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA), the way in which it differed caused a firestorm of objections about discrimination toward LGBT citizens. In the face of companies threatening to pull business from the state, the law was amended. So now what? In…  [more]

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