Us and Them

I was invited to give a chapel talk at Biola University in La Mirada, California in the spring of 2011. I spoke about how the book of Jonah is a story about us and them, revealing that the grace that God shows to the unrighteous infuriates those of us who think we are righteous. Unfortunately, [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...]

Google Drive

If you’re a Google Docs user, perhaps you’ve been a little perturbed with their shift into Google “Drive.” I know you have to change or die in technology, but why is everything that Google does always in beta?  Speaking of Google Drive, did you see the announcement about Google’s Driver-less car? California is the latest state to [Read More...]

A Message in a Bottle

  God calls an artist to be a particular kind of artist in a particular kind of way in the world. This specificity reveals the diversity of artistic practice and the various ways that it is embodied institutionally. Most Christian thinking about art, however, ignores this basic social reality, which every artist (Christian or not) [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...]

Debatable Lies

This wouldn’t be a proper theology and culture blog without a comment about the cultural event of the evening, the presidential debates. Before commenting on those, however, I thought I should say something in response to the gauntlet thrown down by my esteemed colleague in blogging, the right Rev Kimberly Hyatt. On Monday she asked [Read More...]

Art and Faithful Presence

  Mako Fujimura’s new studio, Princeton, New Jersey. Photo courtesy Robert Puglisi Artists must make decisions all the time. Even before an artist paints on a canvas, it is already the result of a decision to make the painting surface that size and not another. Every brushstroke is the result of a decision to put [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...]

Good Work

Humans may be a disobedient lot by and large, but “be fruitful and multiply” (Gen 1:24) is actually one command we’ve obeyed pretty well. The earth’s population currently numbers seven billion plus souls; and we’re being fruitful and multiplying by the minute. On the other hand, once you go a little further into the Old [Read More...]

Luther, Evangelicals, and Modern Art

Lucas Cranach the Elder, The Wittenberg Altarpiece, 1547, Wittenberg, Germany Modern and contemporary painting is the heart of my theology of culture. It is not the kind of cultural practice, however, that receives any positive attention from evangelical cultural theologians and critics, for whom art is irrelevant at best and harmful at worst. But painting [Read More...]

Words

 Today’s guest blogger is John Cuyler, Pastor of Storrs Community Church in Coventry, Connecticut since 1994. He has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Spirituality from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, Massachusetts.  John and his wife Carmel have three grown children. I listened attentively as President Obama and Governor Romney sought to inspire American voters and last week we were sobered [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X