Local ways are rarely senseless or stupid. It's just that a new pastor likely doesn't yet understand them as the locals do.
The rise of megachurches has created a larger public role for some churches—even as it has signaled the loosening hold of organized religion.
by David Eagle
The biological concept of convergence lends credence to a Christian view of providence—and fits with a scriptural account of a story-shaped world.
by Ian Curran
America is living stormy Monday while the pulpit is preaching happy Sunday. Can we recover a blues sensibility?
I loved writing Wearing God in part because it allowed me to rove around archives from more or less every century of the Christian past. The biblical images for God that most (American?) churches today largely ignore were decidedly not ignored in earlier eras.
There has been a broad and dramatic shift toward more abortion restrictions in the United States. This will almost certainly continue.
A report released today by the Children’s Defense Fund details how the U.S. could reduce child poverty by 60 percent.
Specific targets are important in anti-poverty work, and this is an ambitious one (though less ambitious than the report’s title, Ending Child Poverty Now). CDF’s policy proposals include a larger Earned Income Tax Credit and (not or) a higher minimum wage, along with expanded housing subsidies, child care subsidies, and food stamps. Add some more generous rules for tax credit refunds and child support recipients’ federal benefits—along with a new subsidized jobs program—and the whole thing starts to sound pretty expensive.
“Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” Most of us can identify with that request. It’s only fair: each member should receive their own portion of a family’s wealth when the time comes to divide it.
But Jesus doesn’t seem to care about fairness.
The runaway slave narratives compiled by Devon Carbado and Donald Weise are as moving as any story by Suzanne Collins or J.R.R. Tolkien.
reviewed by Edward J. Blum