I am a Christian practical theologian who is embarking on a curious quest: I want to know what it’s like to maintain a kosher home—what it requires, for what reasons, at what cost, etc. The web of motivations for this exploration will unfold in due time, but here I would like to describe the project, articulate some original goals for it, and invite you into the learnings that come over its duration of about 40 days. [Read more…]
Are our lives governed by fate or do we have freedom and creativity to shape our destinies? Does God have a clear plan for us, choosing the most important things in our lives without our awareness or consent, or is the unfolding of our lives the result of the interplay of chance and choice and divine call and human response? While it doesn’t claim to be academic theology, that’s the theme that runs through The Adjustment Bureau, a fast-paced thriller that joins romance and popular theology.
Should it matter what teens think about important issues related to faith and ethics? Are teens old enough to have a real opinion on such topics? Does it really matter what they think? [Read more…]