News reports flood the internet concerning numerous accusations of long-standing histories of sexual abuse by entertainment industry giants Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. If true, one wonders how they got away with these horrible offenses for years. No doubt, success, celebrity and power shut the mouths of many victims and witnesses to abuses and crimes so that the guilty parties are not brought to justice. What leads people to open their mouths and speak out? The confidence that justice ultimately… Read more

People across the world, whether they be adherents of a particular religion or not, often wonder about this question. Read more

Many Christians express fears over Halloween given concerns over evil spirits. But how about the Holy Spirit? Read more

There’s no way in the world Luther could have foreseen the impact his 95 Theses had on the future of ecclesial and societal life in Germany and beyond. Read more

One of the most popular rock songs ever is Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” A great amount of ink has been spilled on the meaning of this and other Nirvana songs. Just as it is quite difficult to discern the words from listening to the tune, it is not so easy to understand the meaning of the words.[1] Regardless of the meaning of the words to the song, Nirvana captured the spirit of a generation in large part due to iconic Kurt Cobain’s songs and personal vibe. Did… Read more

For an important and timely article on what men can do practically in terms of supporting #MeToo, read Nicole Stamp’s “What decent men can do in response to #MeToo.” Here are three of her many thoughtful recommendations: “Signal-boost female voices. If you’re sharing an article about a social issue — especially a sexism issue — find one written by a woman.” Stamp adds, “Nothing about us without us.” “Be mindful of how you introduce women.” For example, in keeping with Stamp’s point,… Read more

Jesus does not exist to help us live moral lives. He is more than a great moral teacher. Read more

I miss him. I also miss democracy. Read more

What boxes do you and I cross to try and gain salvation? Read more

A great deal of talk in evangelical Christian circles centers on religious freedom and values. It is a theme on display at the Values Voter Summit where President Trump spoke this week (refer here, too). We want to make sure we have carved out space to exist and worship in our increasingly secular world, and believe it is not only an American legal right, but also a divine command. The German pastor, theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer (shown here with… Read more

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