Theology & The Church

My daughter’s Muslim-Christian Bible study

It can be tough to promote a Bible study at a public school when you aren’t allowed to use the word Bible. After the high school administration rejected her third design attempt for a promotional flier, my daughter settled on a quote from C.S. Lewis. “What draws people to be…  [more]

Ida and Galatians 3:28

The new Polish film Ida begins in reverence and ends somewhere less obsequious, if still truthful. It’s the story of a novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who must reconcile with her past before making the vow that will decide her future. Among other things, her struggle allows for a reconsideration…  [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]

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