“The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” from Simon… Continue reading Romans 13:9-10
Research suggests even the unlikely can change. But our suffering Savior is the best model. I had forced myself to get out of bed to go to a small party at a friend’s house but soon found myself regretting it. I was cornered by an older mother who embarked into a long monologue on her… Continue reading Can We Grow in Empathy?
Influential Christians want to see bans on certain weapons as well as better mental health resources. Though white evangelicals are less likely than most Americans to push for stricter gun laws, the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, has prompted pastors to advocate for “sensible” gun restrictions to help prevent more attacks. Christian Broadcasting Network… Continue reading Evangelical Leaders from Max Lucado to Pat Robertson Urge Action on Gun Safety
Research shows 1 in 6 US Christians changed their religious affiliation over a four-year span, with nondenominational worshipers leading the way. Much of the switching in religious identity in the United States over the past several years occurred among the “nones,” specifically Americans who identify as agnostic or as “nothing in particular.” But the Christian… Continue reading Where Protestants and Catholics Go When They Leave Their Churches
When we are sick and need to know what can make us whole again, there is no other fount we know. In the time it takes to read this sentence, your body will produce 17 million blood cells deep in its marrow. To put that in context, that’s as many cells as twice the population… Continue reading Our Blood Exposes Our Physical—and Spiritual—Health
What the incarnation affirms about the reality of God’s creation. I tend to sympathize with the Gnostics most in the morning. It’s currently common to deride these early heretics for despising our physicality and rejecting the goodness of creation. But when I wake up and tenderly place my feet on the ground, breathing slowly as… Continue reading Is the Body That ‘Betrayed’ Me Still ‘Very Good’?
The deeply flawed Old Testament “hero” was set apart for a very specific purpose. Growing up in church as a scrawny kid, I was captured by stories of David slaying Goliath, Gideon defeating the Midianites, and especially Samson taking out 1,000 Philistines practically barehanded. While I loved the daring of those figures, I was also… Continue reading Why God Still Works Through Fools Like Samson