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Sinners and the Sinned Against

Sinners and the Sinned Against

The Gospel: Just for Sinners or Just for the Sinned Against?

[T]his emphasis that "we are all sinners" ignores the need for a clear distinction between victims and perpetrators.

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Dividing the Kingdom

Dividing the Kingdom

Spring 2017 - Vol. 12 No. 1

Shifting Cultures

There is a truism in political science that "politics follows culture," meaning that no political systems exist in a vacuum and very few political decisions can withstand cultural opposition to them. Yet what have the campaigns, election, and transition revealed of American culture?

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Empire

Empire

Spring 2016 - Vol. 11 No. 1

Monstrous Empires and the Kingdom of God: What Do Monsters Reveal about the Empire?

In this essay I am interested in exploring the following questions: Is there more to the vision in Daniel 7 of the four empires and the kingdom of God than just a survey of the history of ancient empires? Is there any significance to the portrayal of world empires as monsters?

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Water

Water

Summer 2015 - Vol. 10 No. 2

Common Waters: Global water crises and Christian baptism

Perhaps our common baptismal waters above all can help us to see the water crises of our world in terms of the already and the not yet. Already water is a gift, which means it is not ours, but given for the common good of the world: Egypt as well as Ethiopia, Florida as well as Georgia.

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New Lenses for the Text

New Lenses for the Text

Winter 2015 - Vol. 10 No. 1

What Can Texts Do?: A Proposal for Biblical Studies

An introduction to the complexity of interpreting scripture in three "worlds": the world behind the text, the world of the text, and the world in front of the text. Along the way, Dr. Brennan Breed changes our question from "What does this text mean?" to "What has this text done?"

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Women in Ministry

Women in Ministry

Summer 2014 - Vol. 9 No. 2

From Process to Main Event

This article, through four snapshots, gives a brief look at the church's recent progress and pitfalls concerning women in ministry. How can the gospel's boundary-breaking power take center stage in the church, overshadowing historical injustice?

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Imagination

Imagination

Spring 2014 - Vol. 9 No. 1

This Imagination Life

An examination of the relationship between imagination and theology in five acts.

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Faith and Facebook

Faith and Facebook

Summer 2013 - Vol. 8 No. 1

Faith and Facebook

I look at my children and wonder how social media are influencing their sense of a threshold between private and public realms of life, their experience of time and space in the context of human community, and their intuition of transcendence.

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Resilience

Resilience

Winter 2013 - Vol. 7 No. 2

Transition, Resilience, and Fireweed

Our liturgies, our patterns of exercise and prayer, even those with whom we choose to spend our time—the contexts and the relationships they contain—contribute to that person we are always becoming, and to our ability to change, adapt, flourish—in short, to our capacity for resilience.

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Civility in Discordant Time

Civility in Discordant Time

Summer 2012 - Vol. 7 No. 1

Resisting Politics as Usual: Civility as Christian Witness

"For the Christian, civility is not just necessary for a stable society; it's a matter of religious obligation."

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Faith and Feelings

Faith and Feelings

Spring 2011 - Vol. 6 No. 1

Emotions and Faith: The Perplexing Relationship Between What We Feel and What We Believe

"Does our faith make any difference when it comes to the world of emotions? The Bible speaks about the transformation of our minds (Rom 12:1), but what about the transformation of our feelings? Should we, as Christians, experience emotions differently than those outside the faith?"

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Keeping Faith Keeping Secrets

Keeping Faith Keeping Secrets

Fall 2010 - Vol. 5 No. 2

Touchdown Jesus: On the Wages of Discipleship in America

So if American Christians want to reinvigorate their church's challenge to culture, then change is necessary both at the level of the identity-producer and the identity-consumer.

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Speaking of Children

Speaking of Children

Spring 2010 - Vol. 5 No. 1

Testing One, Two, Three

The abilities valued in school might also be upheld in the church, but the church is not restricted to abilities that can be measured by standardized testing. But, how are we to measure such lofty plans in the life of the church? How will we know that we are indeed accomplishing these aims?

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Mammon in the Maelstrom

Mammon in the Maelstrom

Spring 2009 - Vol. 4 No. 1

Capitalism, the Crash, and Christianity

While our various projects (economic and otherwise) of making the world look the way we want it to may be doomed, we need not succumb to the gloomy conclusion that there’s nothing for us to do and no way for us to move forward.

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Feast and Famines

Feast and Famines

Fall 2008 - Vol. 3 No. 2

God’s Diet and the Retraining of Desire

The faith inherent in the Lord's Supper points the way beyond complicity, even weak complicity. It reveals that sharing with others is part of delighting, and that the creation is for all. God gives to all without condition and calls us all to a community of mutual benefit.

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Seductiveness of The Familiar

Seductiveness of The Familiar

Spring 2008 - Vol. 3 No. 1

The Seductiveness of The Familiar

Professor Erskine Clarke examines the lives of two young 19th century seminary graduates, part of this CTS community in the past, whose lives were marked by faith and failures, and by deep moral ambiguity in the runup to the Civil War.

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Creation on the Cross

Creation on the Cross

Fall 2007 - Vol. 2 No. 2

Creation in Community – Faith and the Environment

Fretheim sees extraordinary interdependence in the creation account of Genesis 1 and 2. God shares creative powers ("let the earth bring forth"). God involves others in the creative process and chooses to act in genuinely interdependent ways.

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New Church for a New Century

New Church for a New Century

Spring 2007 - Vol. 2 No. 1

“The Shaping of Things To Come?”

These new ecclesial experiments should be viewed as a prophetic movement both to our culture and to our traditional ecclesiastical expressions. We need to listen, to watch, to learn.

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Do Not Be Afraid

Do Not Be Afraid

Fall 2006 - Vol. 1 No. 2

Keeping Faith in a Fearful World

In the midst of a culture of fear, the churches need to be intentional about cultivating the virtue of hope-both as personally and corporately. How might we do this? One way is to recover an understanding of divine providence that can help us trust the future.

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Theology After Disaster

Theology After Disaster

Spring 2006 - Vol. 1 No. 1

Searching for Stars

Why do so many things people say about God after a disaster seem unhelpful or flat-out wrong? What is it about disasters that can bring out the worst in theology? What is it about God that makes disasters seem so disastrous? Can we, should we talk about God after a disaster?

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