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ABC Family’s “The Fosters” and the Power of Adoption

In a world where belonging so often depends on bloodlines, nationality, or economics, God uses adoption to demonstrate the radical inclusivity of his kingdom.

On the Anniversary of His Execution, What Can We Learn From the “First Martyr of Science”

On February 17th, 1600 A.D., Giordano Bruno, a Dominican priest, philosopher, and mathematician, was condemned as a heretic and burned at the stake by the Roman Inquisition.

Downton Abbey: Guilt, Shame, and the Fear of Confession

I often wonder what produces honesty in sharing our guilt and bracing ourselves for potential shame finally to take place.

How The Lego Movie Helped Me Overcome Fantastical Disappointment

I was disappointed in The LEGO Movie reveal because, at times, I’m disappointed in myself.

History, Christian Scholarship, and Learning to Re-embrace Our Missionary Past

Christian honesty requires facing both the bad and the good, the sin and the grace of our Christian past.

Tim Tebow Can Do All Things Through Christ, So He Should Quit

Tim Tebow is missing a golden opportunity that he may not have yet considered.

‘Alone Yet Not Alone’ and the Racial Tone-Deafness of Conservative America

The impulse from the Right to “set the record straight” and portray America’s settlers as heroes rather than villains may be understandable to a certain extent, but it behooves white Christians at least to try to understand why so many find the narrative offensive.

Walking with the Dead: The Trauma and Healing of Community

“Community creates the potential for trauma, but it also provides the context for healing.”

The Kiddy Pool: Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Paradox of the Loving Addict

“Every relationship with an addict follows the same patterns of peripheral powerlessness.”

Ones and Zeros: A Reflection on Spike Jonze’s HER

How often, in the name of love, do we try to re-create other people in our own image, expecting them to worship us once we’re finished?

Living with Longing: The Genuine Challenge of Singleness, Chastity, and Heartbreak

God gave us the gift of marriage and family as a foundation for service, not as a cave to retreat into, and He gave us the gift of singleness as an opportunity for unfettered ministry to others.

Ocean’s 11, 1944: Sorting through the Jumble of THE MONUMENTS MEN

While George Clooney’s wildly-uneven THE MONUMENTS MEN doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be, one surprising moment brings to light the film that could have been.

During the Olympics, Russian Christians Work for Reform and Revival

If the Sochi Games are the hallmark of a corrupt government led by a tyrannical despot, they are also symbolic of the way Christians are praying for reform.

Downton Abbey: Means to an End?

‘Downton Abbey’ raises the significant question of whether we ought to treat people as means or as ends in and of themselves.

Science: It’s Worth Doing Badly

Even in the absence of scientific breakthroughs, even when the specter of failure is imminent — success or not — science is worth doing.

Kurt Vonnegut: Unlikely Apologist

Kurt Vonnegut possesses an honesty that, despite his inability to submit personally to the gospel message, brilliantly proclaims its truth.