Our gifts of charity–no matter how amplified–do not change the systems that create grinding poverty or injustice.
There’s lots of conversations about Complementarianism these days. It may have started with Rachel Held Evans’ blog post “Will the Real Complementarian Please Stand Up?” which outlines and hotlinks to all the arguments about complementarianism you could ever want. To define the term, Complementarianism is the belief that God has specific expectations regarding gender roles […]
While having lunch with a friend, she told me of a recent trip with some new friends where she was “outed” as a church goer. As the trip progressed, her friends would make comments like: So you think everyone else is hellbound, right? But you don’t believe in evolution, right? I can understand that you […]
In high school I took a semester of Economics (almost went down that career path too–I loved the “systems theory” part of that class and obviously I continue to use systems theory today). In the class, we studied some social issues from economic perspectives, using our principles learned in real-world applications. I’ll never forget the […]
In reference to the Supreme Court decision to strike down part of DOMA, a Bishop in the United Methodist Church offered the following commentary: They may adhere to the laws of the land, but I adhere to the laws of God. Regardless of the intent and situation, the Bishop’s statement brought up a good question […]
Running the internet memes again is last year’s Mormon Flowchart, which gives a humorous but based-on-doctrine flowchart on salvation and souls in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ theology. It’s funny but Mormon theology does give an intricate backstory to a question that isn’t strongly addressed in the Bible: Where were our Souls before […]
If you logged into your Facebook or Twitter in the past 24 hours, you might have noticed a lot of red. In response to DOMA and Proposition 8 being argued in front of the Supreme Court, folks online are turning their profile pictures and cover photos red in support of both those laws being overturned. […]
For my Sunday School class, I have created the below graphic to help them understand what atonement means and the varieties of understandings of what it took for humanity to be reconciled to God. Here’s the lesson: The word atonement comes from sixteenth-century English and literally means at-one-ment. Atonement is the process of reconciliation between […]