Category: Theology & The Church

Blinded to see: Lamont Levels’ ironic Gospel story

Lamont Levels is blind, but he wasn’t born that way. In 2001, his fellow gang members turned on him during a drug deal in a Dallas suburb. After shooting him in the head, they ran off with the money and left him for dead. But the bullet missed his brain and severed his optic nerves. The shot meant to take his life merely took his sight, and Levels thinks there’s a good reason why. “God closed my…  [more]

Eboo Patel on interfaith leadership

We have another video from Calvin College’s ongoing January Series for you, this time of Eboo Patel’s presentation on “Interfaith Leadership: Engaging Religious and Philosophical Diversity in the 21st Century.” An American Muslim of Indian heritage, Patel has written two books about interfaith cooperation, Acts of Faith and Sacred Ground, and is founder and executive director of the…  [more]

Barna study details porn’s pervasive influence – including in the church

Barna Group has released a new study surveying the current cultural influence of pornography, including within the church, and it’s not encouraging. If some of you have wondered why we regularly cover the topic here at Think Christian, this is the reason. Nearly 3,000 people participated in Barna’s four online studies, which included in-depth surveys among the general population, American teenagers,…  [more]

Watch Marsden, Mouw, Plantinga and Wolterstorff at Calvin College’s January Series

We’ve been following Calvin College’s January Series of lectures on faith and culture, and are pleased to bring you video of one of the more engaging talks thus far. “The Renaissance of Christian Thought” reunited four luminaries from Calvin’s past - George Marsden, Richard Mouw, Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstorff - for a wide-ranging consideration of the state of Christian…  [more]

A call for cautious co-belligerence

“We are too busy withholding mercy from the living so that we might display a big spectacle of how much we want mercy to be shown to the unborn.” With these words, Michelle Higgins sparked a controversy and drew national attention to a missions conference in St. Louis last week. Higgins, the director of Faith for Justice and an activist for the #BlackLivesMatter movement, shared her comments during this…  [more]

Let’s take a second look at those New Year’s resolutions

It's January, which means it's time for another burst of short-lived enthusiasm. While most of the world is busy trying to refashion their physical figures with the latest fad diets, health gadgets and workout routines, those in the Christian community tend to look to their spiritual figures. Perhaps we'll find a new Bible reading plan or devotional series. Maybe we'll get more involved in our…  [more]

The Biblical case for artful infrastructure

Infrastructure — the stuff all around us that we almost don’t see — is usually designed by engineers to solve a problem (traffic, sewage, transporting electricity) in a logical, reliable and cost-effective manner. Beauty isn’t usually part of the brief for infrastructure projects. Just look at the Piranesian hells otherwise known as interstate highways. But could infrastructure be beautiful?…  [more]

Bill Cosby and dual natures

I love superhero stories. The idea that a mild-mannered, shy and unassuming person could transform into a fearless superhuman and selfless protector of humanity has always intrigued me. As a kid, I was amazed by this phenomenon, primarily because I saw the possibility of greatness in each one of us, no matter how unimpressive we were on the outside. As an adult, I am still intrigued, but for slightly different…  [more]

It’s time for a Christian consensus on climate change

Over the weekend, nearly 200 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement. After nine years of vigorous diplomatic work and 20 other international meetings, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) ended with the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, saying, “We have truly universal agreement on climate change.” Universal agreement. Of course, now the actual governments represented at the…  [more]

Mary, Do We Know? Evangelicals and the mother of God

National Geographic’s December cover proclaims Mary, the mother of Jesus, as “the most powerful woman in the world.” The story itself examines Marian apparitions and Marian devotion across the globe, profiling those who claim to have experienced visitations and healing from Mary. Speaking in the article to Mary's enduring appeal, New Testament and Jewish Studies professor Amy Jill-Levine says…  [more]

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