Politics and the Narcissist Impulse: Just Make Me a Hero, Please

Election season is winding down. We will all breathe a sigh of relief when it’s over (or half of us will) The political machine seems driven around something quite basic to humanity: narcissism. In political discourse we hear a lot about the “common good,” and the “state of the country.” But whether the topic is [Read More...]

“You’d be Really Pretty if You were White”: Jesus and Race in America

Editor Note: Today’s Guest Post is by Doneila McIntosh. Doneila is completing her M.Div. at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN and is a wife and mother of two boys.  A few nights ago, as my family was sitting down for dinner, my three year old Levi asked, “Mommy is Levi white?” As I hesitated [Read More...]

The “Toxic Lie” of Dementia

Tomorrow I’m participating in a panel at Bethel University on Alzheimer’s Disease and the theology of human nature. As life expectancies increase, Alzheimer’s (and related dementia) is clearly becoming, not just a perplexing medical and scientific challenge, but a massive social and economic problem as well. Of course, for those suffering with dementia (and for [Read More...]

So Romney won Round One: But I Don’t Care

A CNN poll this morning confirms what the pundits were saying last night: Romney was the winner of round one. The survey shows that 67% of viewers believed Romney to be the winner. But my question is, how much do these debates really matter? They can galvanize and inspire a base around a candidate when [Read More...]

Homecoming Prank Turns Positive

Bullying is a major problem. At least we’re hearing more about it–and talking more about it–now. I love this CNN story about a sophomore girl nominated–as a prank–to the homecoming court. By embracing her nomination, when she was tempted to pull out, she had a positive experience. I imagine the experience of garnering courage and [Read More...]

Original Innocence? Children, Race, and the Kingdom of God

One of the highlights of my summer and early fall  has been regular trips to the neighborhood park, with our two-year old daughter, Ella. Just yesterday, she had a great time playing with her best friend at the park, Sharlene (Ella calls her “Sha-Lee”). Sharlene is a fun, African-American girl who lives a few blocks [Read More...]

Did God “Create” Death? Reflections on the Abrupt Demise of a Squirrel

The other day, Auggie, my six-year old Springer Spaniel, scored a major victory. After chasing squirrels his entire life, to no avail (Coyote-Road Runner style) he finally caught one–in our backyard. The squirrel didn’t have a limp or anything. When Auggie nabbed him, he instinctively and abruptly ended the poor little guy’s life. It was [Read More...]

Kierkegaard on the Bible’s “Carefully Contrived Discrepancies”

Here’s a little reflection, from Kierkegaard, for those of you interested in the issue of biblical inerrancy: Like a good, theologically orthodox Lutheran, Kierkegaard accepted the Bible’s authority as the divinely inspired “Word of God.” But he refused to ground the Bible’s authority, the legitimacy of Christian faith, and the epistemological truth of Christianity, in [Read More...]

Why I Don’t Tally the “God” References at Political Conventions

I’m seeing a number of comparisons of the RNC and the DNC regarding the number of “God” references, and references to “Scripture” in speeches. Then there was that kurfuffle at the DNC about taking “God” out of the party platform, then re-inserting the language after it was put to the convention floor. I think God [Read More...]

Tony Jones is Doing Apologetics!

Emergent theologian Tony Jones is starting a new blog series called Questions that Haunt Christianity. He’s inviting readers to submit their vexing questions about the Christian faith on Tuesday of each week, and then he’ll answer them on Friday. Jones says, “I’m not afraid of doubt. I, myself, am a doubter. But I consider a [Read More...]


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