Crime and Imprisonment: Does the system work? (No.)

SMcK: I’m not sure we have any “purpose” other than retributive justice in too much of our system. Is it a place to punish or is it a place to work for restoration? Benjamin L. Corey: 10.2 million people sit in prison cells today around the world– and almost half of them are right here, in the [Read More...]

Why Are Women Leaving the Church?

Sandra Crawford Williamson — at the link you can read her fuller post, which I have cut down to these four major points: Does your church minister to all women?  We need to figure out quickly how to recognize, encourage, and spiritually lead these [professional] women. Barna and others say as many as 27% of professional Christian [Read More...]

The Original American Creation-Evolution Debate

When it comes to evolution vs. creation, American history story-telling focuses on none other than William Jennings Bryan and the famous Scopes trial in Dayton, TN. But the first major evolution vs. creation debate occurred in the South, it was almost entirely confined to Southern Presbyterians, and it was one string in a cultural knot: [Read More...]

To Scot from Scot (2014)

Let the annual guessing contest commence! (And T, you are eligible again.) I bought myself a Christmas gift, knowing that way I’d get what I really do want, and I wrapped it up and now you can guess what it is. The winner can choose a copy of one of my recent books (Kingdom Conspiracy, [Read More...]

Sit Still, Fidgeting and Public Schools

By  Angela Hanscom Except for brief periods of getting up and switching classrooms, I’ve been sitting for the past 90 excruciating minutes. I look down at my leg and notice it is bouncing. Great, I think to myself, now I’m fidgeting! I’m doing anything I can to pay attention – even contorting my body into awkward positions to keep [Read More...]

Spiritual Gifts: 5 Fallacies (by Donald Nwankwo)

5 Fallacies of Spiritual Gifts What fallacies do you hear or see when it comes to spiritual gifts? It is not that uncommon to run into a believer, sometimes already contributing to their Christian community, but who sometimes doubt they really have what could be called a spiritual gift. 1 Cor 12-14 is indispensable in [Read More...]

The Eight Themes of Liberation Theology

What is liberation theology? It is fair to follow that up with What kind of liberation theology? It is also fair to ask When was liberation theology? Let’s begin with this: modernity created an all-encompassing narrative rooted in social and economic realities that buttressed those in power with structures and ideologies that kept power in [Read More...]

President Obama: Wise Words

CNN: Revolution changes structures and externalities over night; it does not change at the deep levels. Deep level change occurs over time. Work now for change tomorrow, and next week, and next month, and next year, and in a decade. Washington (CNN) – After weeks of racial protests across the country, President Barack Obama is taking [Read More...]

Second Advent Candle

Today we relight the candle of HOPE. Now we light the candle for the second Sunday in Advent. This is the candle of PEACE. As we prepare for the coming of Jesus, we remember that Jesus is our hope and our peace. From the prophet Isaiah: “For a child has been born for us, a [Read More...]

Second Sunday of Advent

Merciful God, Who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now [Read More...]