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Putting the Practical in Theology

When I tell people that I am a practical theologian, I am typically met with one of two jokes: either the person will scoff and say, “Is any theology actually practical?” or they will say, “Shouldn’t all theology be practical?” I am certain that every profession under the sun is subjected to tired…

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Why the Church Needs Feminism, Part 2

From Part 1: “Many of our conversations about women contain some pre-conceived notions of who women are or who we think women are supposed to be. When we refuse to re-examine our core beliefs, we risk ostracizing half the church. It’s important to understand where these core beliefs come from…” — Sexism, or…

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What Does It Mean to Have a King?

Our worship is loaded with royal language. We sing of thrones and majesty. We pray to the Lord. We speak of sovereignty. We bow our heads in reverence. But what does it mean to have a king? For most Americans, having a king means following the Windsor family of the U.K. as if they…

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O That You Would Tear Open the Heavens and Come Down

“O that you would tear open the heavens and come down.” These are the shocking words of the prophet from Isa 64:1. Doesn’t that sound somewhat appealing right now? With all that’s going on in our country and in our world, wouldn’t you want God to come down and straighten things out? There’s…

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Vampire Forensics

Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins (Washington D.C.: National Geographic Books, 2010) A quick glance at the movie theaters and the offerings of cable TV tell us that the subject of vampirism is a current rage. Where did the idea of a vampire arise? More to…

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Crazy

A while back, I started noticing the unfortunate pairing of the word crazy with the word mom. The comments were generally referring to situations where mothers exhibited extreme defensive behaviors on behalf of their children. The TV shows Dance Moms and Bringing Up Ballers come to mind. The commercials alone for these shows–let…

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A Heart Aflame: On Piety and the Glory of God

Few people enjoy being called pietistic today. The word piety has become a pejorative term today. Classifying someone as “pietistic” most often connotes excessive religiosity, self-righteousness, or a holier-than-thou attitude. The etymology of the word piety, however, is more positive. The Old Testament term for this word means “the fear of the Lord,”…

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