Theology & The Church

The Tim Cole Act and our costly exoneration

On Sept. 17, government officials unveiled a 13-foot-tall statue near the campus of Texas Tech University. The unlikely subject? Former Tech student Tim Cole, who in 1985 was sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping a fellow student - a crime he didn’t commit. Cole spent 13 years behind…  [more]

Left Behind and the dark side of rapture theology

A new Left Behind movie starring Nicolas Cage opens this Friday. A reboot of the earlier films based on the best-selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, this version promises to be “bigger and better.” How can we explain the enduring appeal of this franchise, and rapture theology…  [more]

A theology of billboards

Three years ago my family moved to Austin, Texas. Our very first spring we got a front row seat to the effects of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965, a legacy of former first lady Lady Bird Johnson. In a place known for heat and drought, springtime in Texas kicks…  [more]

Homegrown terrorists and the human need to belong

What if a Western Islamic man knocking on the door of a terrorist organization is really looking for the love of God? I don’t even want to think about the possibility. Those who join the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) are our enemies and have sworn to…  [more]

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