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Beautiful Orthodox Churches

Barbara Weibel:The longer I travel, the more I realize the truth of this statement. Prior to visiting Paris for the first time, I associated it with the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum. After three visits, the City of Light evoked the yeasty aroma of fresh-baked bread from the boulangerie and sipping espresso at sidewalk cafes. Mexico once meant the artificially created tourist island of Cancun. Four and a half months of wandering around the country made Mexico synonymous with its Pueblos … [Read More...]

Economics: Catholic and Evangelicals Shifting

Evangelicals and Catholics are tilting left in economic theory: By and large, and for about four decades now, conservative Christians — though Evangelicals more than Catholics — have sided with the conservative critique of government and the neo-conservative defense of capitalism. They’ve asserted with convincing arguments and statistics the productive and liberating effect of the market and criticized the naïve recourse to government almost inevitably offered by groups like the National Counci … [Read More...]

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Materialism Isn’t Enough (RJS)

The next two interviews in Science and Religion: 5 Questions are with William Lane Craig and William Dembski, both Christian philosophers. (See the post 5 Questions ... And Some Answers for the questions posed in this book). William Lane Craig is trained in Philosophy (Ph.D. University of Birmingham) and Theology (D. Theol. University of Munich), while William Dembski is trained in Mathematics (Ph.D. University of Chicago)  and Philosophy (Ph.D. Univ. of Illinois, Chicago) with an M.Div. from P … [Read More...]

My Conversion on Women in Ministry: Bill Victor

This post is by Bill Victor, pastor of Missio Dei Community Church at the University of Missouri and blogs here.My beliefs on women in ministry changed to a more egalitarian view not because of a reaction to modern society and seeking to synthesize the Bible’s view on women with a more mo … [Read More...]

A God More Interesting than Creationism (Jason Micheli)

A God More Interesting than CreationismJune 9, 1993:The first date. My first date with the new girl on the swim team, who would eventually become my wife.6/9/93: The opening date of Steven Spielberg’s first Jurassic Park film.The first movie in which Ali and I held hands.At the p … [Read More...]

Thinking of Seminary? Think Northern

Any kind of Christian ministry in North America requires both preparation and experience, so an increasing number of ministers are deeply involved in the experience dimension and finding it nearly impossible to attend seminary full-time. A seminary curriculum focuses on the scope of the minister’s c … [Read More...]

USA and Cuba: A New Day?!

CNN:Washington (CNN) -- U.S. contractor Alan Gross, held by the Cuban government since 2009, was freed Wednesday as part of a landmark deal with Cuba that paves the way for a major overhaul in U.S. policy toward the island, senior administration officials tell CNN. President Barack Obama is expe … [Read More...]

The Honey of Hope (Josh Graves)

I'm in my eighth year of leading a local church through the Advent Season. It has become--both communally and personally--the most meaningful part of the spiritual calendar. There's something piercing about the cold, the candles, and repetition of The Magnificat. My new-found love for the Advent … [Read More...]

Does the Bible Contain Science?

The question -- Does the Bible contain science? -- is one of the more penetrating question one can ask when the debate about creation vs. evolution arises. The irony is that many of the most conservative of Christians absolutely know and fight for the Bible containing science while the most … [Read More...]

Christmas as Propaganda

In a series I am doing with others at Patheos, I thought I'd share the insight of Billy Kangas on the Christmas narrative in Luke 2 as "political propaganda." Don't let the word "propaganda" distract you. Here's his set of ideas:3. The Story of Jesus Birth was Propaganda (and that’s a … [Read More...]

Gay-Lesbian and Celibate

WaPo:Any post about homosexual persons and homosexuality as a problematic theological issue invites harsh, destructive, judgmental comments. This post is about the rise of many in the church who self-identify as gay, as celibate and as Christian. Some are not happy that some want to modify … [Read More...]

Purpose Matters! (RJS)

There is a purpose to the universe and this purpose matters. The final case study in David N. Livingstone's fascinating new book Dealing with Darwin: Place, Politics, and Rhetoric in Religious Engagements with Evolution, looks at the approaches to evolutionary theories at Princeton - both the … [Read More...]

Luke’s Counter-Cultural Christmas Story (Paul Penley)

Luke’s Counter-Cultural Christmas Story: Jesus’ path to peace and joyBy Paul T. PenleyWas Jesus born to save us from this world or bring peace to the earth? Luke's counter-cultural Christmas story answers this question.What a Birth Means to a MomFor many of us the story of our birth d … [Read More...]

Advent at The High Calling

Please click through right here to read my Advent article at The High Calling.At that site I ask what a church would look like if it permitted Advent to being the church's story.I ask, What does an Advent-shaped church look like?What are Advent church-shaped spiritual … [Read More...]

Lord’s Supper: Who is Unworthy? (Jeff Cook)

Who is Unworthy to Celebrate in Church? (by Jeff Cook)I went to a large wedding a few years back in which the clergy invited only those who had jumped through the right hoops to come forward and receive the body and blood of Jesus. The leader then asked those of us who had not jumped through … [Read More...]

“God is on a mission to get the hell out of earth”

I have been reading Joshua Ryan Butler's The Skeletons in God's Closet, the first major section in which is a study of hell -- and how it fits into the Bible's narrative. Hell without a story becomes a torture chamber.Butler begins by clarifying the all too common view of hell: We get hell w … [Read More...]

Generosity Illustrated

Source:Don't you love these kinds of stories?! There exists, somewhere within the general vicinity of Bellingham, Mass., a layaway hero.This was proven earlier this week, when customers at a Toys R Us learned that a woman — whose identity is not yet known — walked in and paid off the entire … [Read More...]