Category: Theology

shame and the Bible

I’ve longed followed Jackson Wu and his writings about honor and shame in the Bible and missions, so I’m pleased to see he’s published a longer article with a more comprehensive look at the subject: Everyone agrees shame is a pervasive...

/ September 11, 2018

the four-paned window

I like Carl Ellis’ take on the four-paned window of Biblical righteousness: If we pair these dimensions in all possible combinations, we get four manifestations of righteousness: personal piety, social piety, personal justice, and social justice. This can be illustrated by the...

/ August 30, 2018

the call is coming from inside the house

You should always read Comment and you should always read Alan Jacobs, but you should especially always read Alan Jacobs in Comment: This essay has been, I hope it is now clear, a series of stories of evasion. Human beings wish to believe...

/ August 29, 2018

“You have mismanaged the light.”

This analysis of how South Sudanese refugees living in Northern Uganda understand the spiritual dimensions of their displacement is sharp: But the role of the church is not just social. Often, biblical explanations for suffering are presented as a means...

/ August 21, 2018

Maria Goretti and #MeToo

Barbara McClay has another excellent piece at Commonweal about St. Maria Goretti: For a Christian, no one can be wholly monster—indeed, some monsters are victims themselves. But the Mennonite response to Yoder should serve as a cautionary tale: The story of...

/ August 3, 2018

loving those who would throw stones at us

I have always savored Wesley Hill’s love for the Gospel; his first book, Washed and Waiting, is just full of it, which is why it’s a great book to read even if you don’t care a bit about the homosexuality debate....

/ August 2, 2018

transitional justice for Jim Crow

Decades after the Civil Rights Act and the end of Jim Crow, it’s clear that American attempts to reckon with racial injustices have been insufficient. But what could we have done — or do — differently? Anthony Bradley has a...

/ July 20, 2018

christian nationalism is good

Especially when confronted with spectacles like church choirs singing “Make America Great Again”, it is natural that we would recoil in horror from the idea of Christian nationalism. Many argue, in fact, that there can rightly be no such thing,...

/ July 4, 2018

pastoring and politics

I appreciated this from Dan Darling about the blurred lines between pastoring and politics: Yes, the gospel is inherently political. It is the declaration that there is another king and another kingdom, that all the accumulated power in this world,...

/ July 2, 2018

love in a time of ebola

The Christian Journal for Global Health is an underappreciated source of interesting articles and original research. I wanted to highlight a recent article reflecting on the Ebola crisis and the risk taken by health professionals (both African and non-African) to...

/ June 29, 2018