The murder of James Foley, ISIS, and Religions of Peace

The death of Foley is deplorable. The actions of ISIS are despicable. But atrocities committed by ISIS are no more representative of Muslim belief than the actions of extremist Christians are representative of mainstream Christianity. [Read more...]

The real tragedy of Ferguson isn’t on TV


The ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri is a sobering reminder of the state of racial relations in the United States, and of the out-of-control militarization of our police force. But I fear that the real tragedy of Ferguson is that it’s destined to become nothing more than a momentary blip on the radar of history, one that, despite the historically agonizing cries of “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” will result in no meaningful change. [Read more...]

A poet, like a priest, works with facts and mysteries: the poetry of Spencer Reece

Reece’s collection is a quiet masterpiece, a spiritual and poetic achievement that speaks to the heart, mind, and soul. [Read more...]

Got Religion?


An engaging blend of statistical analysis and on-the-scene reporting about the rapidly shifting demographics of American religious involvement. [Read more...]

The Cross and Gendercide


Elizabeth Gerhardt’s new book “The Cross and Gendercide” offers a Christian response to the heart-wrenching plight of women across the globe by engaging with the cultural, religious, historical and political context of this violence and offering a proposal for how the church can work toward ending these heinous crimes. [Read more...]

“God Loves Uganda” highlights anti-gay Christian imperialism


The new documentary “God Loves Uganda” offers a sobering exploration of the American evangelical mission to impose right-wing Christian values on Africa. [Read more...]

The (surprisingly!) profound theology of “Heaven Is For Real”


“Heaven Is for Real” certainly isn’t worth going out of your way to see – it’s a solidly mediocre and benignly forgettable film. But questions about heaven, hell and the fate of every person who ever lived are always worth pondering, and in that regard “Heaven Is for Real” offers a few theological diamonds in [Read More...]

The earliest picture of Jesus on the cross


A splendid depiction of the crucifixion that you’ve probably never seen. [Read more...]