The word “heretic” is often thrown around today to denounce someone for espousing an idea deemed “unbiblical” or “unorthodox” or “contrary to the teachings of the church.” It carries a negative connotation, often meant to cast a poor soul out of a community to be shunned, exiled, and sometimes even tortured with words or sharp implements. And in extreme cases, killed and ultimately damned. But as one looks at the history of heretics, one finds quite a few surprises.
Imagine Moses at the Red Sea with a large group of his fellow kinsman huddled together after a long and hard run. Now imagine the most powerful army in the world at the time (the Egyptians) racing toward them bent on slaughtering them all. If ever there was a moment to need a change of …
When despair for the world grows in me, there are many things I turn to for healing and hope. Wendell Berry is one of them.
Loving God with our mind used to be a crucial part of Christian culture. We strove to be the smartest people in the room. Not anymore.
Before you predict the end of the world, you may want to read this.
I think it's always good when we engage in political discussions to put a human face to the people we are talking about. Venantie Uwishyaka was one of my students who escaped genocide and overcame obstacles in Rwanda to come to the United States to get her education. She won all the top academic awards …
My interview with Rachel Held Evans. In this clips, she talks about how "white dudes" are not the future of Christianity. She offers some sage, even prophetic insights about the need for diverse leadership. She also encourages a discussion on white, male privilege.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a pastor and a pacifist who struggled with how to be true to his convictions while battling one of the greatest evils of the twentieth century. His inspirational story is as relevant today as it has ever been.
We live in a world where technology is blurring the lines between real and imaginary. And we LIKE it. But this is contributing to our increasingly divisive culture, as this post explores.