Methodist constructive theology

By Sarah Heaner Lancaster
When I was a student, one of my professors tried to explain to us what our education was for. He said something like this: “A pedantic person thinks only what other minds… read more

Review: ‘Tolkien’

By Randall Hardman
I first became a lover of Tolkien's Middle-earth in the fall prior to the release of the film adaption of “The Fellowship of the Ring.” I had received for my birthday… read more

What’s in a name? The image of God

By Shane Claiborne
(RNS) There is power in a name. One of the things happening in our world right now is that people are “naming” injustice. No longer are we just talking about… read more

How self-understanding might help us quit shouting

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) A simple Internet transaction today opened my eyes. I just signed up for a time-tracking app called Toggl. Not because I was having trouble keeping track of work time and… read more

How to identify constructive criticism

By Ron Edmondson
Constructive: Serving a useful purpose; tending to build up.Criticism: The act of passing judgment as to the merits of anything. Constructive criticism You’ve… read more

Mary's window

By Steve Harper
Imagine an ordinary day in your life — business as usual — except for one thing: You are visited by an angel. Whoa! So much for the ordinary day. That’s exactly… read more

After Ferguson and Eric Garner decisions, white Christians say it’s time to stand with blacks

By Adelle M. Banks / Religion News Service
WASHINGTON (RNS) “African-American brothers and sisters, especially brothers, in this country are more likely to be arrested, more likely to be executed, more likely to be… read more

Christians got big ole buts

By Joseph Yoo
I remember a seminary class where our professor once told us to leave our buts out of our apology. I'm glad he clarified what he said because I was getting weird mental images. He … read more

‘The Red Tent’: A bloody tale with a timely twist

By Jeffrey Salkin / Religion News Service
(RNS) In the beginning, there was “Noah.” Coming up, there’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” an update of Cecil B. DeMille’s classic for this… read more

Chivalry is always in style

By Melissa Slocum, LinC (Living in Christ)
Last month, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China, many world leaders gathered to participate in economic talks. During a dinner and show hosted by the… read more

Supreme Court seems increasingly wary on death penalty

By Richard Wolf / USA Today
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Supreme Court — the last stop for condemned prisoners such as Scott Panetti, a Texan who is mentally ill — appears increasingly wary of the death… read more

This Advent, will faith stay safe or stand tall?

By Tom Ehrich / Religion News Service
(RNS) Early on the first Sunday of Advent, I logged in to Pandora and heard the familiar chant “Adoro Te Devote.” As a child, I knew Thomas Aquinas’ beloved text … read more
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