Articles by: Christena Cleveland
After studying the social psychology of groups at Dartmouth (B.A.) and UC Santa Barbara (Ph.D.), Christena Cleveland now uses her knowledge to help church leaders build hopeful bridges across cultural and theological lines. She teaches as St. Catherine University and Bethel Seminary, serves on the pastoral preaching team at her church and is a volunteer Young Life leader in urban Minneapolis. She blogs regularly at

Strengthening Our Compassion Muscles 1
by / on August 1, 2012 at 3:41 pm / in Broken World, Current Events

Strengthening Our Compassion Muscles

We are out of shape and the people of the Sahel are paying for it. A major crisis is wreaking havoc in the Sahel region of Sub-Saharan Africa, but few people care. Even though the United Nations estimates that 18 million people are at risk of starvationi, most Westerners aren’t even aware of the problem. This is in stark contrast [...]

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Otherness and the Broken Body of Christ 5
by / on March 14, 2011 at 7:00 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Otherness and the Broken Body of Christ

I have a love/hate relationship with the city of Chicago. The city is beautiful and diverse but also astoundingly segregated. Christians often act as if the Kingdom of God is supposed to look like Chicago. In theory, we support the vision of a diverse, integrated and interdependent body of Christ, but we sure don’t want to venture outside of our neighborhoods.

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Why Love Rarely Wins (Sorry Rob Bell) 19
by / on March 8, 2011 at 11:26 am / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Why Love Rarely Wins (Sorry Rob Bell)

Why don’t Christians like black sheep? Evangelical social psychologist Dr. Christena Cleveland explores the Rob Bell theological controversy through the lens of social psychology and arrives at some provacative new conclusions.

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