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[Common Places] James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom and Imagining the Kingdom: A Gospels Perspective

Michael Allen introduced this series of Common Places on J. K. A. Smith’s <i>Cultural Liturgies</i> project by noting that at its heart, Smith’s project is …

Theology

Assisted dying is the equivalent of a zero-hours contract with life

Let’s not pretend this ‘personal choice’ is unaffected by wider economic realities. Our rapidly expanding elderly population means the poor and vulnerable will come under increasing pressure ‘to quit this life’<p>Politicians may have inadvertently stumbled upon a radical new way to address spiralling …

Loneliness

Dignitas death sparks renewed controversy over assisted suicide law

Jeffrey Spector, who took his own life at the notorious Swiss clinic despite not being terminally ill, admitted: "I am jumping the gun"<p>A father with cancer ended his life at the Swiss clinic Dignitas against the wishes of his family, despite admitting “I know I am going too early.”<p>Jeffrey Spector, …

Empathy

The Tree of Knowledge: Bodies, Minds and Thoughts.

Nature and sex redefined – we have never been binary

A recent article in <i>Nature</i> claims that biologists ‘now think’ that sex is not a binary feature for human beings – rather than being simply male or female, there are various kinds of sex, such as chromosomal sex or hormonal sex, and all of us exist across several spectrums of sexual identity.<p>Two sex; …

International Olympic Committee

[Common Places] New Voices for Theology: Wesley Hill’s "Paul and the Trinity"

Taking the long view of things, the Christian doctrine of God has had a strange career.<p>It took its classic, trinitarian form as the early church’s …

Press Release: Evangelical votes are up for grabs

A survey of evangelical Christians has revealed that nearly double the national average intend to vote in this year's general election. Four in 10 …

12 Fiction Books That Will Shape Your Theology

When we think about the role of reading in our spiritual formation, we generally think of non-fiction books that help us understand scripture and …

Books

Mary Portas sperm donation revelation 'could encourage more to go down same route'

A fertility specialist predicts same-sex couples could be inspired by TV presenter Mary Portas, who turned to her brother as a sperm donor for her child<p>The number of same-sex couples using sperm donation from an immediate family member could increase significantly following revelations by Mary …

Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo – Part 1 (Exegeting Paul)

Matthew S. Harmon and Jay E. Smith, ed. <i>Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo</i>. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. 320 pp. …

Theology

Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo – Part 2 (Paul’s Use of Scripture and the Jesus Tradition)

Matthew S. Harmon and Jay E. Smith, ed. <i>Studies in the Pauline Epistles: Essays in Honor of Douglas J. Moo</i>. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2014. 320 pp. …

Avoiding the Dead Ends of Providence: Monocausal Fatalism and Open Theism [Part 2]

As I explored in the previous article in this series, my cancer diagnosis forced me to join the Psalmists in prayer more deeply than I had ever done …

Evangelical Christianity

Lament: Self-Indulgent Whining, or Faithful Complaints? [Part 1]

Who likes a complainer? Complainers are unsettling to be around. Holiday meals ruined by laborious and endless complaints about how life has …

Evangelical Christianity

Second Forgetting: Remembering The Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease

Over the past two years I’ve been writing and thinking about dementia. This issue is one that is deeply close to my heart since my dad has frontal …

Dementia

Billy Graham, Evangelical Patriarch

On Friday we reviewed Grant Wacker's new book, America's Pastor, and asked, "Is Billy Graham an Evangelical?" Today we're running an excerpt from …

How Christianity's Eastern history has been forgotten

<b>Christianity has a history that most of us know little about. A history that spreads eastward as well as westward, writes former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams for BBC Newsnight.</b><p>We would probably take it for granted that someone reading a religious text in Arabic would be a Muslim - but …

Middle East

Church accused of lacking flexibility after it bans yoga class for being too 'spiritual'

Locals express anger after yoga teacher is told she is no longer welcome at St Michael and All Angels Church in Bishopston, Bristol<p>Religious leaders have been accused of a lack of flexibility after evicting a yoga class from a church hall because of its links to "alternative spiritualities".<p>Teacher …

Understanding Survivor Anger.

<b>“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”</b> –</i> …

Empathy

Is Billy Graham an Evangelical?

Writing about Grant Wacker’s <i>America’s Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation</i> as a managing editor of <i>Christianity Today</i> is at once a …

6 Things Egalitarian Marriage is Not

I have had many conversations about the egalitarian perspective of marriage with friends, family, and others. Some have been great discussions where, …

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My name is Wesley Hill. I am an assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania.<p>This is my commonplace …

Theology of Religions

February 2, 2015 by Peter Leithart<p>With <i>Their Rock Is Not Like Our Rock</i>, Daniel Strange has written a superb book on the theology of religions. The …

Theology

The Church of England and the three-parent controversy

The church is not against mitochondrial donation in principle, but it can only be introduced under the right circumstances<p>It does not take much to present the Church of England as divided, ignorant or out of touch. As the archbishop of Canterbury has observed, we do tend to conduct our arguments …

Genetics

Douglas Moo’s ETS Lecture in Bible Translation

As part of the NIV 50th anniversary celebration (see here), Douglas Moo gave a great presentation at ETS called, “We Still Don’t Get it: Evangelicals …

Translation

The Book of Evangelical

As I was scrolling Facebook, I came upon a friend’s acknowledgment of having doubted God’s existence for a while. Don’t worry, my friend is fine now. …

Theology

The Strange Notion of “Gay Celibacy”

<b>Of late, much attention has been given</b> in both the secular media and Christian media to those who call themselves “gay celibate Christians.” As a man …

9 Papers on Locating Atonement for Los Angeles Theology Conference 2015

<i>Locating Atonement</i>, the 2015 Los Angeles Theology Conference, will be held January 15-16 on the campus of Biola University.<p>Convinced that “theories …

Theology

Locating the Atonement at the LA Theology Conference, 2015 (Oliver D. Crisp)

These days discussion of the doctrine of atonement is often bogged down in typologies. Which model of atonement do you hold? Where does it "fit" in …

Theology