Theology & The Church

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]

Mozilla, World Vision and reconsidering the rules of engagement

Recent weeks have been marked by separate but related cultural conflicts: one involving the Christian humanitarian organization World Vision, the other involving the Internet technology company Mozilla and both involving the highly explosive topic of same-sex marriage. First, in a public statement to Christianity Today, World Vision announced changes in…  [more]

Lean in? Recline? How about ‘join the body’

I’m interested by how often I’ve seen a recent Washington Post op-ed by Rosa Brooks, questioning the “lean-in” manifesto of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, circulate in my social media. It seems that many people – not just working mothers - feel overwhelmed by competing expectations in different parts of their…  [more]

Ugly selfies and spiritual authenticity

Selfies seem to get a lot of negative attention. After being named Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year, there was a general outcry of how selfies reflect narcissism and bland exhibitionism. Last fall I discussed the truncated view of sexuality that often accompanies our anxious hand-wringing regarding selfies. Now…  [more]

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