Understanding Scripture Correctly (I) BY: Denis Haack It is a dangerous conceit to imagine that when we read the text of Scripture we do so from an entirely neutral vantage point. I must never assume that an interpretation is obviously correct merely because it is obvious to me.
Engaging the Arts: Are You A Patron?: Discernment Exercise BY: Denis Haack The arts, contrary to liberal ideology, cannot solve the deepest problems of the human race, nor, contrary to conservative ideology, are the arts luxuries unnecessary to existence. Made in the image of the Creator, human beings are inescapably creative.
Trust In A Financial Crisis BY: Denis Haack In a crisis of trust, a society should be able to look to those communities within it for which trust is a way of life for a model of what a restoration of trust would look like. The church, it should go without saying, should provide such a model.
Listening to Music from Across the Globe BY: Matthew Hundley What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of "world music" ? "Mambo Italiano"? Mariachi bands? Mumbai music at your favorite Indian restaurant?
“A Few Like You”: Will the Church be the Church for Homosexual Christians? BY: Wesley Hill "I am drawn to the haunting confessions of W.H. Auden’s because I, too, am a homosexual Christian. Though I have never been in a gay relationship as Auden was, I have also never experienced the 'healing' that some formerly gay Christians profess to have received. But I remain a Christian, a follower of Jesus."
Eliza Gilkyson, Paradise Hotel (2005) BY: Denis Haack Gilkyson has charted her own path and brings a clear voice, crisp lyrics, a passion for justice, and an imagination keen on beauty to shape music that satisfies not as background noise, but as music of the heart.
Sin that Afflicts the Righteous BY: Eugene H. Peterson ... But there is one form of sin that flourishes in religious communities in ways hardly possible outside of them—it begins in places of worship. Religious communities provide the conditions for this spiritual disorder, this sin, far in excess to what is provided in the secularized world.
Why the Gospel Isn’t a Romantic Comedy BY: Brian Watkins ...we often impose an incorrect version of the Christian narrative onto our stories. This belief states that the Christian narrative is clean and devoid of violence. This belief is wrong.
I love my neighbor as myself but only because I don’t much care for myself.
- Garrison Keillor
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