Theology

Open Letter to John MacArthur: Quit proof-texting with lives at risk in the Middle East 22
by / on February 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Open Letter to John MacArthur: Quit proof-texting with lives at risk in the Middle East

Dear Reverend MacArthur, As an Egyptian American and brother in Christ I was saddened and disturbed by your recent claim that the protests of oppressed people across the Middle East are unbiblical.

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Bearing Witness in a Violent World 0
by / on February 24, 2011 at 10:02 am / in Broken World, Current Events, Theology

Bearing Witness in a Violent World

In the world’s worst war zones, hundreds of thousands of people are killed in conflicts fueled by the illegal arms trade. Remarkably, we have strict laws for the global trade of iPods and bananas, but not a single international agreement setting standards for the sale of weapons. How should Christians respond?

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Theology vs. The Greatest Commandment 15
by / on February 18, 2011 at 2:37 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Theology vs. The Greatest Commandment

I believe in theology. It’s how we think about God that determines how we think about this world and how we live in it. But the singular focus on doctrine that has characterized the recent history of the Evangelical community in America has left us paralyzed and unable to respond to the immense pain and suffering in this world.

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American Evangelicals Fail the Torture Test 5
by / on February 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm / in Current Events, Misplaced Jesus, Theology

American Evangelicals Fail the Torture Test

“Do Muslims torture Christians worldwide?” I found these words scrawled across the white space of a poster promoting our upcoming anti-torture conference. Perhaps the impulse behind the question was bound up with the evangelical world’s difficulty articulating a new Christian ethic for the War on Terror generation.

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Are we blessed at the expense of others? 6
by / on February 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

Are we blessed at the expense of others?

While I hear “blessing” thrown around to describe the good things in our lives, I struggle to pinpoint what this word actually means. What did God mean when he told Abraham that he would bless him, and that he would be a blessing to the nations?

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That’s not why they call it “faith” 2
by / on February 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Theology

That’s not why they call it “faith”

If I could change any one thing about the way evangelicalism is embraced in the United States today, it would be to rectify its long, debilitating history of anti-intellectualism. A number of historians and analytic philosophers have documented and addressed its rise; my lifelong pursuit is to facilitate its demise.

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Hip-Hop as Biblical Narrative 3
by / on February 9, 2011 at 1:21 pm / in Misplaced Jesus, Pop Culture, Theology

Hip-Hop as Biblical Narrative

The division between rap and Hip-Hop is difficult to grasp. Most people use the words interchangeably, but they are quite distinct, both in meaning and the values they express. Hip-Hop is a culture while rap is an art. And though the art of rap was conceived within Hip-Hop culture’s womb, rap does not always express Hip-Hop’s values.

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Christians Shouldn’t Vote 2
by / on November 2, 2010 at 10:58 am / in Broken World, Current Events, Theology

Christians Shouldn’t Vote

If your understanding of the Kingdom of God allows you to support the American project enough to pay taxes, then good citizenship (both Kingdom and temporal) requires that you vote on election day. Anything less than false piety.

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Is the Civil Rights Movement over? 1
by / on September 20, 2010 at 10:27 am / in Broken World, Theology

Is the Civil Rights Movement over?

We can’t simply romanticize or memorialize activism of the past, we must develop new tools, methods, and strategies that will be most effective in our current political landscape. Mobilizing Hope provides an overview and primer around these tools and a theological and moral basis for social justice activism.

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