CulturePolitics

How Christians Hate

One thing I am continually appalled at is how many professing Christians I know seem to think the following line of thinking is OK: "When I look at the people who dislike President Trump, that makes me like him all the more." I want us to get honest for a minute about what this sentence…

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Writing Ourselves Off

Freddie deBoer explains why he's planning to drop out of the freelance business: I just find, at this point, that the process of pitching, composing, shepherding through edits, promoting, and trying to get paid sucks the life out of me. The commercial interests of publications require editors to ask for things that are tied to…

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CulturePoliticsTheology

Jesus vs the Confederacy

Amidst the violence and brokenness in Charlottesville, Virginia, this picture (I'm unsure of the source) has been circulating widely: There's a lot going on here, and probably nothing as striking as the image of a black police officer standing guard for the safety of a group that looks with nostalgia on the time when Americans…

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LifePop cultureTheology

The Bible Is Not a Slideshow For Your Hot Take

The suicide of a public figure almost invariably triggers a cringe-worthy season in the evangelical blogosphere. Time after time, Christian writers succumb to the temptation to wring a tragedy for its newsworthiness, then smash out a 700-word blog about it. At that point it almost doesn't matter what the blog says. Meaning is irrelevant. The…

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CultureTheology

Orthodoxy, Sexuality, and the Local Church

James K.A. Smith's post about orthodoxy, Christian creeds, and sexuality has provoked much commentary, most of it far more thoughtful than anything I could write here. I agree with Smith's critics that his case against labeling revisionist sexual theology as "heresy" is weak and relies on a reductionistic appreciation of doctrinal formulations. I don't necessarily…

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LifeMusingTheology

No Divination Against Israel

When Balak the king of Moab sees the victory of the Israelites against the Amorites, he calls for one of his oracles, Balaam (Numbers 22-24). "Curse this people for me, " he says, "since they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them from the land, for…

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BooksCultureTheology

God Is & God Does

I've been reading Joe Rigney's The Things of Earth: Treasuring God By Enjoying His Gifts, and cannot recommend it too highly. For me Joe's contemplations have been like cold spring water on a thick August afternoon. For years I have felt like something was missing in my understanding of how to love the things God…

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