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Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Gospel of Shame-Free Sexuality
We can't defeat shame by whittling down God's law to fit our behavior. We need the good news of God's forgiveness instead. A few years ago I was listening to NPR while driving, and I almost pulled the car over to a stop, so great was my enthusiasm for what I’d just heard. When I got home,...
One-on-One with James Meeks on Going to Back to School
Meeks is pursuing an M.A. at the Wheaton College Graduate School. Ed: You've been a pastor for many years—and a remarkably successful pastor at that. We often joke that you're the Christian godfather of Chicago, and yet you're wanting to pursue more theological education....
Submit to God, Not the Market
Today’s capitalism demands a kind of absolute commitment, says Kathryn Tanner. But Christianity carries within it the seeds of resistance. With an exquisite flourish the German sociologist Max Weber brought his 1905 masterpiece, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, to a close:...
Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again
One-on-One with James Choung about evangelism and discipleship. Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading, and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church...
20 Truths from ‘The Louder Song’ by Aubrey Sampson
A sneak-peek of Sampson's new book on lament and hope. 1 – “It feels like hell and heaven are having coffee together in my kitchen, secretly laughing about some inside joke. But I have no ideas what’s so funny” (Page 9). 2 – “If God never shows up, if he never...
Are You More Loving Than God?
Let's be real. Many of us think we can do it better. Most folks in the pew wouldn’t say so right out, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we often think we are more loving than God. For instance, when I think about those who’ve never heard the gospel or that great neighbor who...
Our Response to the Eschatological Dream of Martin Luther King Jr.
Dr. King had a hope that was out of this world. Today, we remember the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—a man who sacrificed much to advance the causes of the civil rights movement in the mid-twentieth century. It was a time in history when most African Americans living...
Sexual Violence: Whose Fault Is It?
In case it's not crystal clear, let us be emphatic: The sole individual responsible for sexual violence is the perpetrator. In the movie Good Will Hunting, there is a poignant scene in which Will (Matt Damon) talks with his therapist Sean (Robin Williams) while Sean cradles Will’s...
It’s Time for Correctional Ministry to Wade into Deeper Water
People who are hurt the worst need the best discipleship. Correctional ministry, whether a juvenile hall, jail, or prison, is shallow by design. This is in large part due to the correctional setting itself: limited time frames for ministry availability, lack of quiet and secure meeting spaces...
The Advantage of Being a Minority: An Immigrant’s Missional Narrative
In God’s kingdom, a person becomes weak in order for their life to help others. “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and...
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