Starting out in a Theology of Food: Beginning with the Eucharist

Photo by Nikki Beezley. Used by permission.

Eating is nothing new. For many of us it has become so rudimentary in the patterns of our days that when we come to the table to feed our hunger, we often think of it merely as a means to an end. Food today has become a commodity, its value seen primarily in its taste, convenience, and price. When we think about it, we mostly view food as fuel to sustain our bodies in order to carry us on throughout the day. [Read more...]

Give me a deeply moving experience over a deeply held belief every time!

Caravaggio, Conversion on the Way to Damascus, 1601, Cerasi Chapel, Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome.

Last year April Kelsey wrote a viral post for this blog which played off the phrase “deeply held religious belief.” I’m sure we all know Christians who seek to justify injustices and prejudices on the basis of their deeply held religious beliefs. I suspect we are all guilty of this to some degree. [Read more...]

How to Cherry-Pick the Bible


So, how did Jesus read the “Bible?” Well, he cherry-picked it. Gasp! It’s okay though, so did Paul. Double gasp! That’s okay too because there’s a pattern, which I am going to show you now. [Read more...]

 Putting Dr. Larycia Hawkins on Trial 


The Wheaton College Faculty Council has unanimously recommended that the college administration withdraw their efforts to fire Dr. Larycia Hawkins. This development comes after a month of controversy stemming from Dr. Hawkins’ public expression of solidarity with Muslims and her statement that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. [Read more...]

Your Feelings and Experiences Matter, Young Christian


I recently witnessed a Twitter argument about gender inequality in the church. A proud Calvinist fellow informed a young woman she needed to “repent” of the “sin” of putting personal experiences above scripture, because she believed strongly that women shouldn’t be denied opportunities to minister and lead. He was rude and condescending, yet I know many Christians who would agree with his reasoning (if not his attitude). [Read more...]

What does it mean to confess that Jesus is Lord?


To say that Jesus is Lord is to echo one the earliest and most basic Christian confessions. Lordship language came right out of the Roman culture: Caesar claimed for himself the titles “son of God” and “Lord.” To claim the Lordship of Jesus flew in the face of the powerful Roman Empire. [Read more...]

Is The Bible Lying?


Though the original comment is ostensibly a response to the (blasphemous!) idea that the Bible does not actually condemn homosexuality, and though it lacks a developed argument, it’s a fine example of the sort of mindset that drives many conservative Christians, especially regarding contentious moral issues. [Read more...]

How the Miracles of the Bible Obscure the Miracle of Jesus

detail from Marriage at Cana by Giotto, 14th century

Both testaments of the Christian Bible are rife with miracles. Seas are parted, rain is called for, the sick are healed, food falls from the sky, the dead are raised, and a woman conceives a child by the Holy Spirit. Miracles are so fundamental to the traditional Christmas story that it’s hard to imagine a faith that does not take them for granted in some form. [Read more...]