• February 25, 2015

    I recall the thrill of my boys’ first major league baseball game. Their ears tuned to every sound: "Gatorade! Peanuts!" The crack of the bat... Children’s senses are no less active in the experience of corporate worship. They hear the majesty of the pipe organ. They feel the thump of a kick drum. They are caught in the wave of congregational singing. They become familiar with the rhythm of the pastor’s voice and gather when the sermon is light or sobering...

  • February 25, 2015

    Climate engineering – also referred to as geoengineering, climate intervention or climate hacking - is an attempt to purposefully manipulate the climate (as opposed to the unintentional changes humans have caused through burning fossil fuels and deforestation). Although global climate control may not be quite as simple as your home thermostat, its implementation could happen quickly and relatively inexpensively, at least when compared to other efforts to mitigate climate change.

  • February 24, 2015

    Over the past decade, there has been in increase in the Korean population at the schools I’ve attended – Calvin College and at Calvin Theological Seminary. Whether it is on the college campus or at the seminary student center, you could hear someone speaking Korean in the background. However, just because someone might look Korean, he or she might not identify as only Korean. Especially on the college and seminary campuses, someone might better identify as Korean-American, Korean-adoptee, Korean-Guatemalan, biracial, etc.

  • February 23, 2015

    As relational beings who image the Trinitarian God, we were created for community. But what’s interesting is that Bell assumes - along with many defenders of traditional marriage - that marriage is the solution to the problem of loneliness. This “you complete me” mindset is symptomatic of how Christians all across the theological and political spectrum think about marriage. If loneliness is a problem solved only by marriage, it does seem cruel and unusual to say that people can’t experience this and so condemn them to a life of loneliness. But is that the Biblical view of marriage?...

  • February 20, 2015

    A recent student project at the University of Southern California is using virtual war in an unfamiliar way.  Rather than glory in combat and explosions, like many blockbuster video games, this program aims to use an immersive recreation of the Syrian civil war to educate players about the experience of being in the middle of such a terrible conflict. We often think of video games as tools for imaginary killing, not imaginary caring. The reality is, however, that games can help us build empathy...

  • February 18, 2015

    The reform of immigration policy should be of vital concern to every Christian who is a United States citizen. The Old Testament teachings about care for the foreigner among us, Jesus’ teaching on the subject and His consistent mercy towards citizens of other nations are the baseline of the motivation for Christian concern regarding immigration policy.