Theology & The Church

Time for another Purge?

I’m not a fan of horror films. It is difficult for me to enter storylines that deny the sanctity of life and capitalize on the mass appeal of gratuitous violence. But I was sucked in by the provocative plot of The Purge. Though its ratings weren’t stellar, this low-budget, 2013…  [more]

Burnt offerings and incinerated ivory

Hong Kong is in the midst of incinerating 29.6 tons of confiscated ivory, a process that could take a year or more, according to National Geographic. The move is part of a global attitude shift toward the killing of animals for their tusks and also, it seems, a striking parallel…  [more]

A theology of maps

Editor’s note: John Van Sloten is at it again. Always looking for God’s presence in the everyday, he recently preached on the providence of God as revealed through the cultural lens of maps. “Maps tell stories,” John says. “They show us … how things fit together.” And they can do…  [more]

Actually, guns do kill people

The recent shootings in Portland, Las Vegas, Seattle Pacific University and UC-Santa Barbara, among others, have reignited discussion around gun control. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, the Portland shooting is the 74th school shooting since Sandy Hook. And although these high-profile cases often garner more media attention, “routine” gun…  [more]

Edge of Tomorrow and Tom Cruise’s works-based salvation ethic

For a science-fiction blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow offers some surprising parallels to the doctrine of salvation. Too bad they’re largely of the works-based kind. Edge of Tomorrow is a Tom Cruise vehicle, but it interestingly doesn’t begin as one. Rather than being the hero, Cruise’s character, Maj. William Cage, is…  [more]

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