More than simply being an entertaining way to pass the time, these fictional accounts of murder mysteries and crime dramas can help us ponder more deeply our own fears, hopes, vulnerabilities and values.
Looking for signs of the end times doesn’t prepare us to live in times of crisis; it only allows us to spiritualize real-world problems and imagine a divine intervention that frees us from earthly responsibility to address social inequality, disease and global disaster.
Here are some ways Baptist (and other Christian) men can change their behaviors to better listen to – and engage, empower and learn from – Baptist (and other Christian) women.
The task is left to us as moderates and progressives to salvage any public sense that American Christianity is more than a regressive, hateful, power-grabbing institution.
It’s high time for the church to drop all its stones and stop acting like its role is to be judge, jury, and executioner for those who believe and live in different ways.
The negative reaction to “Happy Holidays” is mostly about changing demographics, the politicization of Christianity, and Christian fragility. This greeting can be an expression of kindness, warmth, acceptance and love that transcends narrow sectarianism and reflects God’s inclusive embrace.
In many ways, the superstar women of evangelicalism use the same tools to access power, not just at home but also in the public arena – the rhetoric of submission, conformity to gender norms and resourceful influence within the constraints of patriarchy.
It’s time to turn our personal kindness into political kindness, to turn love into policy, to speak truth and to be the people God calls us to be, in person and in policy.
Yes, the environmental picture is bleak, and we need to know just how dire the situation is. But as people of faith, we are never without hope.