Theology & The Church

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]

Stephen Colbert’s church marketing tips

Churches have tried Trunk or Treat events, Vacation Bible School programs and all other sorts of outreach efforts, only to see attendance at worship services dwindle. Last night on his satirical news show The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert covered another way to fill the pews: free steak and guns. A…  [more]

Interpreting as a restorative act

It has been a bad few months for interpreters. First, there was the “fake interpreter” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. More recently, at the murder trial of Olympic medalist Oscar Pistorius, one interpreter fled the courtroom when confronted by the media circus, while the replacement struggled to cope and was…  [more]

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