I’m not a fan of the Pope and you shouldn’t be either


As the hullabaloo over Pope Francis’ visit to America reaches a fever pitch, it’s important to keep in mind some sobering realities about the organization he leads. [Read more...]

I caused a bomb scare on a military installation and got in less trouble than Ahmed Mohamed


I realized that I knew exactly what happens when there’s really a bomb scare — because I’d caused one myself — and that Ahmed’s story bore no resemblance to my own experience. [Read more...]

Love in the Anthropocene


“How will love arise in a world without nature as we have known it?” This is the central question of “Love in the Anthropocene,” a newly-released collection of two essays and five short stories jointly written by environmental philosopher Dale Jamieson and novelist Bonnie Nadzam. [Read more...]

Dear Dispensationalist God


Before you decide whether or not to include me in the rapture, please read the following. [Read more...]

The Punctuation Mark That Might Change How You Read Romans

Romans 1:18 in Codex Sinaiticus, 4th century

One of our all-time most viewed posts on the UC blog is Don Burrows’ “Romans 1:26-27: A Clobber Passage That Should Lose Its Wallop.” Drawing upon the work of Calvin Porter, Burrows argues that Romans 1:18-32 is best understood as “boilerplate, Hellenistic Jewish material that attacks the Gentiles.” [Read more...]

Teaching Children About Hell


As I grew in cognitive and spiritual development, I learned there was more to the Christian life than an escape from hell, but once you begin a relationship with God based on fear it takes years to unlearn the image of the punitive God to be able to receive the heart of the gospel of grace. [Read more...]

Why I Have Compassion for Defiant Court Clerk Kim Davis  


Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses, has been all over the news and internet this past week. Last Thursday U.S. District Judge Bunning sent her to jail. The couples who originally sued in the case asked Bunning to fine her but not jail her. Bunning said that sending her to prison was his only alternative because he did not believe she would comply with his order if she were fined. [Read more...]

5 Ways You Can Help the Syrian Crisis


Although the Syrian conflict has been going on for almost five years, it’s taken graphic images of dead children washing up on Turkish beaches for the world to really pay attention. The photos are disturbing, but it’s also disturbing that so many of us have largely ignored the Syrian crisis until we were confronted by heartbreaking images of suffering and death. [Read more...]