Theology & The Church

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…  [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 –…  [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…  [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…  [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…  [more]

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