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Hobby Lobby, Rivalry, and Choosing Grace
Originally Posted: 07/03/2014 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

It is an identical claim to moral superiority which matters and which is in fact the cause of the apparent conflict. The underlying issues, whatever you think they may be, whether religious freedom, women’s re ...

The Bible is Not A Myth: God’s Patience with a Tone Deaf People
Originally Posted: 06/25/2014 - 2:07pm | Type: Blog

I AM SENDING YOU MY SON, THE ONE THROUGH WHOM I DO MY GREATEST WORK TO SHOW YOU WHO I AM! IS ANYONE LISTENING?? I don’t know where God gets the patience. We are absolutely the mo ...

Maleficent the Feminist? A Cautionary Tale
Originally Posted: 06/04/2014 - 12:56pm | Type: Blog

Feminism has always been its own worst enemy when it strives to create women in the image of men rather than encourage women to abandon rivalry with men and seek their flourishing elsewhere. This is a story ab ...

Defeating Satan at Harvard
Originally Posted: 05/22/2014 - 3:46pm | Type: Blog

How do you defeat Satan? That was the question the University of Harvard had to answer last week when the Harvard Extension School’s Cultural Studies Club planned a satanic “Black Mass” at the university. ...

Rigorous Truth: Baseball, Errors, and Resurrection
Originally Posted: 04/09/2014 - 10:15am | Type: Blog

That truth about baseball is the truth about life: Errors are part of the rigorous truth of being human. When I was growing up, I had three older cousins who were my models for be ...

NBC’s 'Parenthood:' When the Winning Strategy is Losing
Originally Posted: 02/20/2014 - 4:02pm | Type: Blog

The strange truth about conflict is that we do not fight because we want different things. If we want different things, what is there to fight about? The writers of Parenthood ...

David Brooks and Religious Hostility: Tasting Goodness
Originally Posted: 01/28/2014 - 2:34pm | Type: Blog

Why do religious believers spend so much energy reinforcing their (our – I’m one of those orthodox believers) borders, building thicker and higher dividing walls designed to keep out the underserving, the sinn ...

Flipping the Script: Mimetic Theory and the Nonviolent God
Originally Posted: 01/16/2014 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

The God revealed through the Judeo-Christian tradition and specifically through Jesus Christ is in the process of transforming our hermeneutic from sacrificial violence to a hermeneutic of nonviolent forgivene ...

Surviving Chiberea: On Scapegoating the Weather
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

The relentless snow and the extreme cold provide an opportunity to build a sense of community. Neighbors suffer through this weather together. We check in on one another to make sure people are surviving and s ...

The Spirituality of Fun.
Originally Posted: 08/16/2013 - 1:16pm | Type: Blog

I love Fun.. I especially love the wacky period at the end of the band’s name. But Some Nights is full of philosophical and spiritual gold. It asks questions about identity, friendship, violence, and the purpo ...

Spirituality of Kelly Clarkson: Misfits, Kenosis, and People Like Us
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

Whatever Kelly Clarkson's motivations, I think it’s amazing that it has become “cool” to identify with cultural outcasts. And as opposed to criticizing her motivations, I want to affirm them. ...

Why I Love To Hate Alex Rodriguez
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Blog

Hatred is dangerous because it’s mimetic – it spreads from person to person like a contagious disease and allows us to unite over and against our scapegoat. ... but a guilty scapegoat is the best kind because ...

Family Values and Murder: The Trial of Whitey Bulger
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

It’s one thing to justify a grab for resources in a divorce court or even a custody battle. But it’s another thing altogether to use betrayal and an appeal to family values to justify murder. Or is it another ...

Al-Khatib and Al Jazeera: Listening to Victims in Syria
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

If I can’t trust my government to sort out the good guys from the bad guys for me, how can I ever figure out what, if anything, my government should be doing in my name? What the ...

Surprising Our 'Enemies:' What If We Flipped the Script?
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 9:36am | Type: Blog

When our personal, political, and national enemies strike us, they expect us to strike back. That’s been the human script since the foundations of human culture. What if we surprised our enemies and changed th ...

Justin Bieber at the Anne Frank House: Our Addiction to Scandal
Originally Posted: 04/16/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

On Saturday, the pop culture icon Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam while on a world tour. At the end of his visit to the museum, Bieber wrote a message in the guest book. ...

Top 3 Reasons Rob Bell Matters: Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 8
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 11:31am | Type: Blog

Maybe what I appreciate most about this book is the sense of wonder it provides. The book and our conversations have reminded me that nothing simply “is what it is.” (The Contr ...