Why Les Miserables Gives Us Hope: How Grace Triumphs Over Law

Artwork from Les Miserables 2012

Artwork from Les Miserables 2012 Miserable is certainly not the term to be applied to the film Les Miserables. Translated as the miserable, the wretched, the poor ones, or the victims—Les Miserables has been a force of narrative brilliance since its writing in 1862. This film adaptation to the broadway musical is masterful, to say the least. Sobs of sadness and joy could be heart... Read More

Blogging the Bible: A Grace-Centered Reading Through the New Testament

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Image by Lucy Loomis There are few books that have the depth of impact on the human soul as does the Bible. Regardless of reading it over and over again, a freshness emerges in the text each time it’s read. This year I have decided that I am going to blog through the New Testament. I do so mostly for me, as such an endeavor is not new. I will be trying to condense books, chapters... Read More

Unto Us A Child Is Born: Do Our Hearts Truly Sing “O Night Divine”?

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Image by PhosPictures It is all too easy to be jaded about Christmas. It seems the decorations, Christmas sales, and overt consumerism kicks into high gear earlier and earlier every year. All those who wouldn’t have given two thoughts to Jesus during the rest of the year dust off their plastic decorations of the Christmas Holy Trinity—Santa, Snowman, swaddling clothed baby... Read More

Humanity’s New Best Friend: Television and the Loneliness of Suburban America

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Image by Massimo Maggioni What within humanity is utterly inseparable from the human and the being? What is so basic, raw, and impossible to be without? While there may be many examples of “innate human characteristics”, one dominate element is sociability. The human condition is innately social. And while there are cases of people who pursue minimal human contact, some species... Read More

Poverty and the Pope’s Golden Throne: To What “Golden” Ornamentation Do We Cling?

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Image by psychluet Poverty and Starvation are pervasive problems—just not one’s which many witness themselves in the West. Such troubles become palatable to the westerner when “mission trips” are undertaken and charity displayed. Still, a great distinction exists between knowledge of and charity toward the poor and the sort of compassion and charity which sacrifices comfort... Read More

Taking the “Protest” out of “Protestant”: The Protesting and Reforming Spirit Within

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Image by Efrén Guerrero While there are certainly many negatives to the forms of Protestant Christianity, some lasting and important tendencies also emerge. In one sense, Protestants harbor a spirit of rebellion at the core of their theological outlook. Considering its’ birth, there is little question that the protesting spirit against authority and doctrinal conformity is well... Read More

WHY I AM BURNING ALL MY OLD TEACHINGS AND EMBRACING THE TRUE GOSPEL (which I had never known until now)

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Image by Esmé Fransen My own theology, and the theology presented here at THEOLOGY21, has had—since its’ inception—a kernel of uncertainty and doubt. While recently cataloging all the pervious articles I have written in the last few years, one resounding theme emerged from my thinking in those formative years: I was uncertain what “the truth” was in a literal sense. Yes,... Read More

Is Jesus Really Korean and Does He have Time for Me? Thoughts from 21 Jump Street

"Korean Jesus" from "21 Jump Street"

“Korean Jesus” from “21 Jump Street” Jesus Christ has many faces, physical forms, and cultural characteristics. Forget the historical Jesus—the one with the burly beard and middle-eastern complexion. So too should the westerner disregard the last thousand years in which Jesus was depicted as an emaciated white man with long flowing hair. Cultures have,... Read More

How My Father Invented the Heavenly Father: The Dangerous (and Potentially Beautiful) Power Fathers Have Over Their Children

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Image by Garry Cook Humans are creatures in relationship. Familiar images abound: the caressing mother caring for her young child, the strong father instructing his children on how to live rightly, the loving wife supporting her husband, the faithful and sacrificial husband, a brother, sister, son, daughter. On and on, hundreds of relationships exist in the human condition. In fact,... Read More

Is Seminary Really a Cemetery? Theology as “Jezebelic” Religious Witchcraft

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Image by Gail Dowle Billows of flame and fury pour forth from the bowels of the Abyss where the anti-Christ resides. His hellish imps encircle him, swarming like bats disturbed from their dark cave. To each demonic messenger, the devil whispers errors and aberrant theologies. But the most deadly of these messages is reserved for the Christian. Demonic witchcraft fills Christian... Read More

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