Category: Theology & The Church

The WHO bacon scare and a theology of enjoyment

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) tried to take our bacon away. Or at least that’s how some news organizations first interpreted the announcement that processed meats have been classified as carcinogenic to humans. The real news was less dire, only announcing that the evidence confirms a link between colorectal cancer and certain eating habits (such as eating two strips of bacon a day). Over at…  [more]

The aggressive exegesis of Ann Coulter

Ann Coulter is not one to shy away from bold, controversial statements. In her latest, Coulter rails against the “evangelical establishment” for its timidity and failure to support the antics of would-be president Donald Trump. According to Coulter, Trump represents “real Christian courage” when he “defend[s] America from destruction by immigration.” According to Coulter,…  [more]

Star Wars: Episode V – Beginning in the Middle of Things

This is the second installment in our Theology of Star Wars series. Read our other essays on Episode I, Episode II, Episode IV and Episode VI. In Star Wars: Episode V — The Empire Strikes Back, George Lucas once again thrusts us into the middle of the action. Time has passed since the end of Episode IV. We do not see the Imperial fleet destroy the rebel base from that film, nor do we see the scouting…  [more]

Hummus for peace and the beauty of communion

After a series of stabbings and shootings in the Holy Land, I would have guessed that lines along ethnic and religious differences would be drawn sharper than ever. The owner of a restaurant in Tel Aviv, though, has taken a different approach. He advertised 50 percent off for Jewish and Arab patrons who eat together. The Facebook page of the Hummus Bar makes the peacemaking motivation even more clear: “Are you…  [more]

In defense of Oprah’s Belief series

Oprah Winfrey aired an inspiring documentary television miniseries last week called Belief. The seven-part show focused on how religion is lived out in heartfelt ways across the globe. Belief and devotion were portrayed in a positive light. Winfrey’s dedication to sharing how religion can be used for peace and healing was refreshing. It seems that there is an increasing amount of skepticism these days about…  [more]

Star Wars: Episode IV – The Scale of Hope

This is the first installment in our Theology of Star Wars series. Read our other essays on Episode I, Episode II, Episode V and Episode VI. After the last words of the iconic opening crawl drift off into deep space, the camera pans down to take in the horizon of the planet below. Suddenly a spaceship races onto the screen, traveling away from us in an attempt to out-pace ensuing blaster fire. Then, it…  [more]

How Christians can lead the way on maternity leave

What does the United States have in common with Papua New Guinea and Suriname, as well as the small island states of Micronesia, Palau, Tonga, Nauru and the Marshall Islands? Out of 185 countries, these are the only ones that do not provide some sort of paid maternity leave. This reality prompted Regan Long’s recent Huffington Post article lamenting the fact that many mothers in the U.S. are forced to return…  [more]

A president, a Pulitzer Prize winner and the hard work of faith

It’s said that in a meeting at the White House, President Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, with the words, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!” The account is apocryphal, as no record of such an exchange was recorded until many years later. Nevertheless, the story was handed down by Stowe’s family and…  [more]

Doctor Who and the wildness of God

When at all possible, there are two things I do each Saturday: watch the Florida Gators play football and catch the latest episode of Doctor Who. Over the last few years, Doctor Who has surged in popularity, particularly in the United States. People cannot get enough of the pacifist, time-traveling alien. Thanks to the show’s conceit of “regeneration,” whenever one actor quits the title role a new…  [more]

The great American identity crisis

On Sunday, my church transitioned from a church plant to an independently organized congregation. As part of this milestone, we remembered how our church was started and the people and events that shaped its character. We told stories about what brought each of us to the church, we worshipped together with our parent church and their council prayed over our newly commissioned one. This personal experience of communal…  [more]

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