Neither Dependence nor Independence

Perhaps the chief value of modern American society, apart from abstract “freedom” and capitalism, is individualism. The idea that we can be the best, do as we please, and be responsible for and to ourselves...

/ July 4, 2018

Addressing the Root Problems of the Refugee Crisis

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. –...

/ July 2, 2018

Ebola Deaths Rise As Patients Turn to Miracles Over Medicine: Christianity Today

This story is published in full at Christianity Today. The tight restrictions put in place to stop the latest flare-up of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) go against the typical rhythms of church...

/ June 29, 2018

Global Christianity Breakdown by Denomination and Rite

There are about 2.5 billion Christians in the world. That’s more than 35 percent of humanity. So why do so many Christians feel like they’re in the minority? Part of it is perception. Part of...

/ June 28, 2018

God Has a Patronus

Here’s an interesting theological and literary question I was thinking about recently: Is a Christian’s patronus really just the Holy Spirit? For muggles who don’t know, patronuses are sort of ghostly animals that play prominently...

/ June 27, 2018

Writing Tracker – Week 25 (June 17 – 23)

Writers write. That’s the bottom line. I finally posted my series on the Kardeshev Scale and the kingdom of God! I really enjoyed thinking, researching, and writing about the subject. It’s a cool blend of...

/ June 26, 2018

Building (and Becoming) a Sanctuary for Refugees

We all need a home—a place to live, to love and be loved, to heal, to grow, to learn, to prosper, to thrive, to know and be known. Migrants, more than the rest of us,...

/ June 25, 2018

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