Category: Theology

Chappie: Gnostic clown or resurrected body?

Chappie isn’t much of a science-fiction action film, what with its wild variations in tone and juvenile fetishizing of weaponry. Yet like even the most dunderheaded of sci-fi enterprises, the movie does offer some tantalizing speculation about where the human race may be heading. And according to Chappie’s future, downloadable souls will be the next big thing. Part E.T. and part Pinocchio – but…  [more]

A theology of immigration

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in A More Welcoming Way, a series of TC articles on the immigration experience, attempts at reform and the church’s role in the process. For Christians who take seriously the authority of Scripture, immigration is much more than a complex and controversial political issue. It is also an important theological issue. The Bible actually has a lot to say on the…  [more]

Raising narcissists: what over-approving parents can learn from Philippians 2

A study released this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found a strong correlation between parental patterns and the development of narcissism in early adolescents. The study found that childhood narcissism “is cultivated by parental overvaluation: parents believing their child to be more special and more entitled than others.” This is set in contrast to what the researchers…  [more]

Mars One and the way of the cross

The Mars One organization is moving forward on their plans to send four astronauts at a time on a one-way trip to Mars, beginning in 2024. The intention is for these explorers to do a real-time experiment in how humans might survive on other planets by building a permanent human settlement on Mars. Their tasks would include maintaining their facility, researching and growing their own food. Comedy Central’s…  [more]

Ringling Bros., elephants and serving as creation’s stewards

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was a regular part of my childhood. I don’t remember feeling too strongly about the use of elephants in the show either way. To be honest, I was more into the tigers (although the elephants certainly ranked higher than the clowns). Things look differently through adult eyes, however, which is how I’ve experienced the Ringling Bros. circus in recent years.…  [more]

Pimps, prostitutes and the gospel of vacatur

I recently learned a new word: “vacatur.” A legal term, it describes a court’s discretionary power to set aside a previous judgment, as when a higher court reviews and overturns the ruling of a lower court. It makes sense for Christians to know this word because it also means something far less technical to its beneficiaries. It means “new life.” An increasing number of states are…  [more]

A theology of sleep

Editor’s note: In his continual search for God’s presence in the everyday, TC’s John Van Sloten recently preached about the providential gift of sleep. Perhaps a risky topic for a pastor speaking to a morning crowd – especially one who keeps the sanctuary lights down low during the sermon – but John managed nonetheless. “Sleep is where God proves that He is holding your…  [more]

The higher love modeled by The Imitation Game

There’s a powerful scene in the Oscar-nominated, World War II drama The Imitation Game, in which the brilliant, code-breaking mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) tells the woman he is about to marry (Keira Knightley) that he’s gay. Her poignant response was profoundly illumining for me. It seemed to embody a love that was bigger than mere sexual orientation. Alan Turing: There’s…  [more]

For Christians, there is no torture debate

The release of the Senate report on torture has reignited debate around the topic. I think most Christians would agree that torture is wrong for a number of reasons, including its violation of the inherent dignity of the human person. But two other facets of the recent conversation are worth reflecting on from a Christian perspective. First, this discussion is often couched in consequentialist language. That is, the…  [more]

Janay Rice on mistakes and/or sin

If it is a mistake to forget your wife’s birthday, what might we call it if you punch her and drag her from an elevator unconscious? Is this, too, a mistake? This is the question raised by an interview given by Janay Rice following news that the NFL has reinstated her husband, Ray Rice, to play football once again. And it is a question that should be raised by each of us as we watch to see how team owners and…  [more]

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