• August 31, 2015

    Depending on where you live, the new school year is either quickly approaching or has already begun! After noticing that some of the books we grew up reading were less than inclusive and made for attitudes about our neighbors that had to be unlearned, we started wondering...how do parents and educators find books that both explicitly and implicitly support a cornerstone of our theology--that all people are made in the image of God? We've asked a number of justice-minded parents and educators for their thoughts.

  • August 31, 2015

    On August 6, 2015, I began my first ever journey to Indonesia—a journey that was initiated by an invitation to conduct a leadership seminar to students and pastors, present a meditation to graduates at a retreat, and deliver the commencement message at the 45th Anniversary of Aletheia Seminary. After twenty-two hours of air travel, I finally arrived in Jakarta—a city of contrasts. New skyscrapers are within sight of tin roof shacks. Christians live in the shadows of a population where 90% of the people are Muslim.

  • August 31, 2015

    During the last week of July I was engaged in my annual manual labor exercise…aka a church service trip. Through World Renew Disaster Relief Services, my congregation sent an intergenerational team of 15 to northern New Jersey, where recovery from 2012’s Superstorm Sandy is not yet complete. At the beginning of the trip, our pastor reminded us that when Jesus spoke in parables, he often begin by saying, “The kingdom of God is like… .” She in turn invited us to ponder what metaphors came to mind as we engaged in a week of service...

  • August 31, 2015

    My family lives surrounded by an embarrassment of scenic riches. In less than six hours, we can drive to no less than five national parks. We are making a family goal this year to go camping once a month with our three children. Instead of feeling guilty about missing church, I tell myself we are striking a good, Calvinist balance: spending one Sunday a month exploring God’s revelation in the natural world, while the other Sundays we get our vision adjusted by the book of Scripture. Others, it seems, find nature to be enough...

  • August 19, 2015

    Amnesty International, a global human-rights organization that works to protect people from various forms of injustice and violence, has recently made the controversial decision to support the decriminalization of prostitution. The effect of this is profound, as it will shape how Amnesty lobbies on the issue around the world. So what exactly is decriminalization? And why is the response to Amnesty’s decision so polarizing?...

  • August 19, 2015

    Evoking images of shared meals and laughing people, community is a popular word in Christian circles. While not the sole intent of a church, creating a sense of community among their members is a mission most churches value, because strong Christian community is certainly good, and even biblical. The how to create community is where things get complicated though. Countless books and blogs posts have been written, all offering various tactics and strategies, but I think the real way to create community cannot be distilled into an easy formula.