Theology & The Church

Michael Gungor and Amish shunning

Earlier this year, Christian singer-songwriter Michael Gungor shared a brief manifesto of his theological convictions. In the blog post, “What do we believe?,” Gungor penned the following warning: “So be careful of labels, be careful who you judge as ‘in’ or ‘out’ of your camp. It’s a destructive way of…  [more]

Calvary’s portrait of a priest

“That’s nonsense.” Not the sort of words you’d expect to hear from a priest, yet this is the most common phrase uttered by Calvary’s Father James. Played by the wonderfully belligerent Brendan Gleeson, Father James is a man in black, yes, but mostly in the manner of Johnny Cash: plainspoken…  [more]

The missional opportunity of Obama’s LGBT executive order

On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order amending a 1965 mandate that prohibited discrimination in the hiring of federal employees based on their “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.” Obama’s new order now includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as federally protected categories as well. During a…  [more]

Church crosses and Fourth of July flags

In the year 2000, officials from the Elmbrook School District in southeastern Wisconsin moved their schools’ graduation ceremonies into a local church. The church had a large parking lot, ample seating and air conditioning. It also had a large cross hanging over the stage where the graduation ceremonies were conducted. …  [more]

Who you calling hostile?! Tempering our faith-science debates

A recent study on "Religious Understandings of Science," conducted by Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund, was encouraging in its overall revelation that the gap between faith and science may not be as wide as is commonly perceived. Yet there was one statistic I found concerning: of those surveyed, 22…  [more]

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