Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 4 – Type 3 and 4 Civilizations

Now things are getting wilder. We started out with a discussion of the Kardashev Scale—a seven-phase scale gauging a civilization’s advancement based on how much energy it can harness—and how it relates to Christianity. We...

/ June 23, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 3 – Type 2 Civilization

Last time we talked about what Christianity has to say about the not-too-distant future of human civilization. Specifically, the progress of humanity into a Type I civilization—one that can harness all the power of its...

/ June 22, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 2 – Type 1 Civilization

What does Christianity have to say about the not-too-distant future of human civilization? As science fiction increasingly weaves into our reality, we need to think ahead and think well about how our theology will shape—and...

/ June 21, 2018

Kardashev’s Scale and the Kingdom of God: Part 1 – Christianity and the Cosmos

Despite our acknowledgement of the bigness of God and the length of eternity, Christians tend to focus on the here and now. Surely, it’s appropriate to emphasize presence in the present. We have but one...

/ June 20, 2018

Wanting Refugees and Making a Home for Them

I was in Kenya in the autumn of 2014. I stayed in the home of a saint of a woman named Goma. Grandmotherly, gentle, joyful, she sang songs of praise while cooking breakfasts of eggs...

/ June 18, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 23 (June 3 – 9)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. I realize that the last couple weeks I’ve left the Writing Tracker to the end of the week. As long as I keep them all within the proper weeks,...

/ June 16, 2018

Why Are Catholics Better at Soccer?

The teams in this year’s World Cup seem to suggest that Catholic nations have disproportionate soccer skill. Nearly half of the 32 teams in the tournament are from predominantly Catholic countries, though only about 16...

/ June 15, 2018

What Young Adults in 100 Countries Think of Religion: Christianity Today

This story is published in full at Christianity Today Despite concerns about secularization, the world’s population may not be losing its religion quite so fast. Like in the US, young adults around the globe are generally less...

/ June 14, 2018

Nearly 1,000,000 Syrians Newly Displaced This Year–The Worst Year So Far

The Syrian war is old news. Wasn’t Aleppo retaken? Isn’t ISIS defeated? Didn’t Russia finish the job? And, perhaps more importantly, haven’t we moved on to North Korea, talks of collusion, Iran, trade and tariffs,...

/ June 13, 2018

Compassion Versus Security

The largest obstacle to resettling refugees in North America is our own fear. It is a fear that comes from news stories about Arabs and Africans—sometimes migrants, usually not—killing Westerners on the street or in...

/ June 11, 2018