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Some Americans Still Monkeying Around on Science Education
Originally Posted: 07/22/2014 - 10:47am | Type: Blog

Colloquially known as the “Monkey Trial,” the Tennessee v. John Scopes trial ended on July 21, 1925, but 89 years later, the American public is still debating on where it stands with religion and science educa ...

Christians Affirm the EPA’s New Clean Power Plan
Originally Posted: 06/05/2014 - 9:51am | Type: Blog

President Obama just took the most significant step to address climate change that we’ve ever seen out of the White House: he introduced the Environmental Protection Agency’s new Clean Power Plan, which will c ...

The Bible Calls For Moral Action on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 05/20/2014 - 3:19pm | Type: Blog

Our vocation—our calling—is to partner with God in preserving and sustaining the earth with all the creatures and species that God has made. The word used in most translations is “dominion,” and the true meani ...

Earth Week: A Witness to God's Glory
Originally Posted: 04/24/2014 - 12:32pm | Type: Blog

Creation therefore, is a witness to the wonder and awe of God. Although humanity has been given the honor of bearing God’s image, the earth shows God’s creativity and ingenuity. T ...

Why Earth Week Matters
Originally Posted: 04/21/2014 - 9:19am | Type: Blog

This year, Earth Day and Easter fall so close to each other that they almost touch. When we view Earth Day in the light of Easter, we’re urged to pick up our shovels and plant the seeds of creation’s resurrect ...

Beauty Exhaustion: Discipleship and Getting Outside
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 7:47am | Type: Blog

A disciple gets outside. And they do so because the God they are following is outside. And taking a walk with God every once in a while does something for the soul. St. Bonaventur ...

Easter with Czeslaw Milosz: Cento
Originally Posted: 05/11/2014 - 10:35pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen Gunton So that for a short moment there is no death. From white villages Easter bells resound. ...

Oil-Covered Birds, Andrew Bird, and a Chance for Redemption
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

We must move away from watching in horror briefly when an oil spill makes the news, and recognize that this is an ongoing problem. Andrew Bird is one of my favorite musicians. I l ...

The Fallacy of Good v. Evil: A Q&A with 'Noah' Writer Ari Handel
Originally Posted: 03/27/2014 - 10:04am | Type: Blog

Last Sunday in Los Angeles, Cathleen Falsani sat down with Ari Handel, a screenwriter and frequent collaborator with Noah director Darren Aronofsky, with whom he co-wrote the film and the graphic novel, Noah, ...

Prophetic Preaching: 'One of The Priests is Receiving Death Threats'
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

If prophetic preaching on global injustices is to be effective, it has to take up strong collaborative efforts, creativity, and opportunities for specific actions that instill hope. ...

The Harvest of Fidelity
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger This Day: New & Collected Sabbath Poems. Counterpoint. THE STILL, ATTENTIVE, affectiona ...

HBO Filmmaker's Loss of Faith Parallels his Subject's: Darwin
Originally Posted: 02/12/2014 - 6:29pm | Type: Blog

A new film charting Charles Darwin’s passage from Christian to nonbeliever propelled its maker on a similar journey. A new film charting Charles Darwin’s passage from Christian to ...

'Ham on Nye' Debate Doesn't Reflect Reality
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Whenever I hear about someone else making a case for New Earth Creationism in the name of Christianity, I’m embarrassed, once again, to associate myself with them. Whenever I hea ...

In the Beginning (A Theopoetic)
Originally Posted: 01/22/2014 - 9:17am | Type: Blog

Poem "In the Beginning" Recently, I presented this piece at the Christianity 21 Conference in Denver, and then at South Broadway Christian Church later that same wee ...

Stewardship: Being in and Working with Creation
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

When you hear about stewardship in church, you probably think of your checkbook. Stewardship is the term we use to talk about financially supporting our churches and organizations. But another holy use of the ...

God Loves Our Bikini Bodies
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Leah Kostamo Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling, and Community by Leah Kostamo MY MOTHER-IN-LAW wears a bi ...

Saving What We Love
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Atwood A hopeful encounter with real-life "God's Gardeners." I MET MARKKU and Leah Ko ...

Non-Guilt-Trippy Ways to Live Lightly and Consume Less
Originally Posted: 11/20/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

Inspired by books such as Shane Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution, Jen Hatmaker’s 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, many Christians are striving strive for simplicity for the sake of the health ...

Diversity Within the Divine
Originally Posted: 10/15/2013 - 9:05am | Type: Blog

Genesis describes a creator who loves diversity and thinks that the many, many differences in our world are very, very good. In the story of Noah’s ark, the creator insists on a boat big enough to preserve all ...

Debt Ceiling 101: Boundaries and Original Sin
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The U.S. Treasury believes a default could cause another recession far worse than what we experienced in 2008. Of course, this pending crisis is completely manufactured and entirely avoidable. ...

Making All Things New
Originally Posted: 09/19/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Blog

I have little confidence in universal human capacities to save or fix the world but I do believe there's a new humanity revealed in Jesus Christ that is capable of redeeming Creation, of making all things ...

Shalom and Gender Justice
Originally Posted: 09/17/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

It is only after the fall of humanity — when we decided not to trust God’s ways, when we decided to grab at our own way to peace and gratification — that women were subjected to men. ...

Our First Divinely Appointed Vocation
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The command to care for soil is our first divinely appointed vocation, yet in our zeal to produce cheap, abundant food we have shunned it; we have tilled the adamah but we have not kept it. ...

Creation is Groaning
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Then the story of humanity turns in the span of one chapter. And it all hinges on how the first humans interact with a tree — a part of God’s creation. Have you ever heard someon ...

Created for the Eighth Day
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 3:08pm | Type: Blog

Living in the eight day is an experience of now and not yet. It's no secret that most of us find ourselves longing for chances to vacate our normal scenery and the bustle of ...

The Art of Slowing Down (And The Wisdom of Louis Armstrong)
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

This world. It’s so beautiful. And every day, we have the opportunity to relish it. How many days are spent checking off to-do-list items on the backs of receipts? Why do we think we’re so busy all the time? W ...

Ashes and Hope
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Lent is a time when we try to identify with our own weakness, so since we are about to start the Church’s penitent season, it was shocking to read Virgilio Elizondo’s account of how a people generally consider ...

A Tropical Quest
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Mercer University Press. ...

How Creationism Deconstructs Itself and Why Darwin’s Fish Might Be a Bully
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 1:00pm | Type: Blog

“People who insist that the sacredness of Scripture depends on belief in creation in a literal six days seem never to insist on a literal reading of ‘to him who asks, give,’ or ‘sell what you have and give the ...

A Christian With Conjunctions
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 3:51pm | Type: Blog

The stakes of silence are high. If we don’t speak out and act on our moral mandate to reconcile with creation, we risk destroying God’s very creation. For most of my life, I have ...

Returning to a Green Orthodoxy
Originally Posted: 10/16/2013 - 10:40am | Type: Preaching the Word

Psalms 148:1-14 Leviticus 19:9-10 Leviticus 23:22 Genesis 2:7 ...

Tips for Achieving an 'Almost Amish' Lifestyle
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Author Nancy Sleeth offers tips for acheiving each of her principles for "almost Amish" living. Editor's Note: This post is a follow-up to yesterday's ...

Eye on the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Norcross Near the end of his life, Howard Thurman was called "one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation." He ...

Religious Roots of Trees Branch into Many Faiths
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Whether churchgoers realize it or not, the trees in their churchyards have religious roots. SALT LAKE CITY — Whether churchgoers realize it or not, the trees in their churchyards ...

Wondrous Cycles of Life
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 1:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Calvin B. DeWitt Excerpt from Song of a Scientist: The Harmony of a God-Soaked Creation, by Calvin B. DeWitt ...

God the Farmer
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ellen F. Davis Psalm 65 gives us a unique portrait of a deity who tends the soil, waters its furrows, and crowns the year with a rich har ...

Naked Before God
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

We truly are uniquely and fearfully made (Ps 139:14), molded with God’s own hands and done so that we are each special to him. This morning I prayed naked. This exercise is part ...

'Everything Will Live Where the River Goes'
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ched Myers A Bible study on water, God, and redemption. In the Christian tradition we speak of baptismal wate ...

Waxing Poetic: Blue Christmas
Originally Posted: 01/13/2012 - 11:34am | Type: Blog

An original poem by Sarah Vanderveen. It was a December of golden days and crisp, sparkling nights. I saw swooping pelicans and Orion's belt, bright blooming ...

Maybe the Big Bang Wasn’t So Big
Originally Posted: 12/23/2011 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

Does the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle call into question the existence of God? If so, how does God feel about that? I figure she’ll be pissed. The international scientifi ...

The "Atonement-Only" Gospel
Originally Posted: 10/30/2011 - 12:24pm | Type: Blog

I really enjoyed the "debate" I had Thursday night with Al Mohler , president of Southern Baptist Seminary, at my own seminary alma mater, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in the northern suburb ...

David Vanderveen answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Blog

The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. "The most important thing we evangelicals have to learn from Buechner is honesty. His books ...

Evening List of Awesomeness: Get Your Click On!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Nerd-dom covers vast swaths of territory, from Trekkies and Settlers of Catan enthusiasts to, apparently, at least a few followers of Christ. Nerd-dom covers v ...

Hurricanes and Spoiled Romance
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When our ideas about nature come primarily from Sierra Club calendars or selected snippets from Thoreau, an east coast earthquake and monster hurricane (in the same week) are powerful wake-up calls. ...

Reflecting the Image of God
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

In reading some of the responses to my last post Embodied Theology, I was reminded of an essay I wrote for a class last semester, so I've rewritten part of it as a blog post to help clarify my positi ...

Climate Witness as Act of Faithfulness
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The earth dries up and withers ... The earth is defiled by its people; they have disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. - Isaiah 24:4-6 ...

Immigration Theology from a Dreamer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

"I will call them my people, who were not my people. And her beloved, who was not beloved." (Romans 9:25 referencing Hosea 2:23) http://creativecommons.org/license ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

What's in a Name?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

Whether we realize it or not, names matter. Ask Barack Hussein Obama, whose infamous middle name has led xenophobic adversaries to question his citizenship. Whether we realize it ...

A Hymn Celebrating God's Creation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

This hymn was originally used for the dedication of the 180 solar panels on the sanctuary of Limestone Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware where I am the co-pastor. This h ...