Tag: church

religious leaders should have been first to hear the call

Eve Tushnet digs into the complicated witness of the saints who have suffered abuse — and how they proclaim Christ, the abused: The saints bear witness to what the Church really is. This is not an uncomplicated witness. St. Mary...

/ September 10, 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

Christians and AIDS

The history of Christians and health services is a complicated one. This article by Michael Igoe is a great summary of evangelical advocacy for PEPFAR, which has provided billions of dollars for HIV treatment, and the difficult needle different parties...

/ August 9, 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

“the medicated soul”: I’m at Plough again!

It’s such an honor to write for Plough Quarterly, one of the best out there. They’re putting out great stuff, and this latest issue on “The Soul of Medicine” is no exception. They have a piece from me about mental health disparities,...

/ June 25, 2018

Coptic churches in America on mission

I enjoyed this story by Shira Telushkin about the Coptic Church in America adapting culturally. Growing up in the church and working overseas, debates about how to adapt to “the culture” are usually about European or Western traditions either trying...

/ May 23, 2018

when churches commodify diversity

Duke Kwon allows the text to speak for itself in his review of The Urban Church Imagined: Religion, Race, and Authenticity in the City: This consumer orientation also has implications for the way the church relates to racial diversity and its members...

/ April 30, 2018

how can the church respond to the opioid epidemic?

Thank you for your patience while I was away! I really appreciated Sarah Clark’s work in this piece on the opioid epidemic: The paradox of addiction is that people cannot choose to leave drugs behind until they fully admit to...

/ April 10, 2018