Messiahs & Monsters: Which Do We Project?

Like messiahs, monsters bridge divides, including those between disciplines. As David Skal claims, “Since it is in the nature of monsters to bridge divides, it should be no wonder that they offer an (un)natural tool for cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural studies, which almost, by definition, require some crucial encounter with some kind of Other.”[1] People often live with clear boundaries, like vampires that are neither living nor dead, but undead. Messiah figures supernaturally rather than unnaturally bridge divides, like Jesus as… Read more

What Gives You the Right to Be a Christian?

The story is told of a logician/mathematician at a university where Karl Barth once taught, demanding that the Swiss theologian answer the following question, “What gives you the right to teach at this university?” Barth responded, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”[1] Some might scoff at Barth’s answer. Some might be surprised. After all, the answer comes across as, well, so unscientific. But is it? I supposed it all depends on how Barth—or others making a similar claim—understood… Read more

Celebrate Science and Faith

The Bible calls us to celebrate God’s goodness in the creation. The Christian community just celebrated Easter, which involves Jesus rising from the dead and bringing about the transformation of creaturely life. This emphasis is a continuation of the incarnation. God created the world good. The ultimate affirmation of the goodness of the creation is Christ’s incarnation. “The Word became flesh,” John 1:14 tells us. Since this is the case, Christians should be known for celebrating the creation, including scientific… Read more

We Vote Our Loves and Fears

In a March 1st New York Times article, “What Wouldn’t Jesus Do?” Peter Wehner writes about how incomprehensible it is that many Evangelicals support Donald Trump. For example, Evangelicals highlighted the significance of “moral probity” during Bill Clinton’s presidency (a trait many Evangelicals believed he lacked). Now many are saying they are not voting for a pastor, but a politician (Trump). Such shifting “exposes them as hypocrites” and “is difficult to fathom.” It should be noted at the outset that… Read more

I Like Bunnies, But I Prefer Lions and Lambs at Easter.

I like bunnies, but I prefer lions and lambs at Easter. After all, the Bible does not make use of rabbits in reference to the resurrected Christ, but rather lions and lambs, as in the Lion of the Tribe of Judah and Lamb of God. Revelation 5:5-7 reads, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” And between the throne and the four… Read more

Where Do Religious People Go for Answers to Scientific Questions?

What do religious people do when they have questions about science? Many of them ask their pastors, according to a recent study.[1] Pastors have so many important responsibilities, as well as skills and experience in spiritual care. But how many of them have training in the sciences, or invest time and resources in gaining a better grasp of scientific findings? This is not a question that should be put off based on the tyranny of the urgent. After all, according… Read more

Where’s the Fire? Thoughts on Running Out of Time and Life

Why are we often in such a hurry? As the old saying goes, “Where’s the fire?” Is the fire really a fear of losing time—or our lives? In reflecting upon time and technological means to speed us along in space, Karl Barth writes, If only one could say why all these people rushing by so quickly are in such a hurry, why it is that they are so terribly pressed, as may be seen very forcibly today on every street!… Read more

What does it mean to be a Christian innovator in the 21st century? Don’t look to Donald Trump.

What does it mean to be a Christian innovator in the 21st century? Attend the Imagine 2016 to find answers to this question. I was asked to write about the conference and received permission to interview one of the conference hosts, Uday Balasundaram, Ph.D. I decided to ask Uday about the ethic and import of disruption as a facet of innovative leadership. Why disruption? Disruption is a key term today in politics and business. For example, many view Donald Trump… Read more

Malala’s Inspiring Story: Bold as a Lion in Her Pursuit of Knowledge

Do you know the story of Malala? She is an eighteen year old Pakistani teenager, who was shot in the head in 2012 by the Taliban in Pakistan for demanding that girls be permitted to receive an education. She is the youngest ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and she works tirelessly for girls around the world to receive a minimum of twelve years of quality education. You can find out more about Malala by watching the world broadcast… Read more

Black History Month Is Almost Over. Now We Can Return to White History Year

A White friend of mine from Oregon met with African American civil rights leader Tom Skinner years ago in Washington, D.C. During their conversation, Mr. Skinner asserted that my friend was a racist. His response, “Tom, how can I be a racist? I don’t even know any Black people!” As he recalls it now, my friend chuckles. He realizes how foolish his response sounded: just because we who are White might not know any Black people or have not consciously… Read more

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