Theology & The Church

My prayer for Ferguson

On my journey with Christ, here is one thing I hold onto with every fiber of my being: God is perfectly just and perfectly merciful. That's what keeps coming to mind as I try to process what's happening right now in Ferguson, Mo. - in these United States of America.…  [more]

Michael Gungor and Amish shunning

Earlier this year, Christian singer-songwriter Michael Gungor shared a brief manifesto of his theological convictions. In the blog post, “What do we believe?,” Gungor penned the following warning: “So be careful of labels, be careful who you judge as ‘in’ or ‘out’ of your camp. It’s a destructive way of…  [more]

Calvary’s portrait of a priest

“That’s nonsense.” Not the sort of words you’d expect to hear from a priest, yet this is the most common phrase uttered by Calvary’s Father James. Played by the wonderfully belligerent Brendan Gleeson, Father James is a man in black, yes, but mostly in the manner of Johnny Cash: plainspoken…  [more]

Reconsidering relatability

An off-handed Twitter comment from radio personality Ira Glass about Shakespeare has set forth an interesting discussion about what it means to find a story “relatable” and whether or not we should prefer to engage media that is relatable for us. Rebecca Mead of the New Yorker, for instance, is…  [more]

The kingdom of God is like a laundromat

“Don’t despise the small but significant act … learn to be symbol-makers and storytellers for the kingdom," says theologian N.T. Wright. A recent movement known as the Laundry Love Project seems to have taken these words to heart. In East Hollywood, Calif., an Episcopal priest described the laundry ministry this…  [more]

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