Gods That Fail: Modern Idolatry and Christian Mission (revised edition). Vinoth Ramachandra (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016).

Book Review: Gods That Fail, by Vinoth Ramachandra

Gods That Fail is a consideration of how the false gods of late modernity both undermine human flourishing in a globalizing world and render ineffectual the witness of the church in that world, set in contrast with the biblical narratives of creation, the nature of evil, and the unique, transformative power of the cross.Read more…

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Holy Week: Contemplating an Uncanny Calendrical Coincidence

This week, we’ll have what may be the last opportunity in our lifetimes to experience the intersection of Good Friday and the feast of the Annunciation. We invite you to read Kevin Birth’s thoughtful exploration of this calendrical coincidence below, and to consider meditating on John Donne’s poetic exploration of the same coincidence tomorrow, on Good Friday itself. Read more…

Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?
Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church. James K. A. Smith (Baker Publishing Group, 2009).

Book Response: Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism?, by James K. A. Smith

Truly the church is an apologetic in which one is renewed and transformed by God as part of a people living in a disciplined, liturgical community (28-30, 25, 99) across particular times and places to interact with “the lens of an interpretive framework governed by ultimate beliefs” through the Scriptures by the sanctification of the Spirit (54-56).Read more…

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The Passion and the Punctuated Day

It is not as mysterious as one might think. It testifies to a view of time as consisting of thresholds to be crossed, not containers to be filled. It emphasizes certain moments/thresholds as particularly meaningful. They serve as dividers between different periods. Crossing them is not moving from one uniform hour to the next, but moving from one state of being to another.Read more…

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Science in Review: Is God Outside of Time?

God starting outside of time and coming inside is a tricky notion. When did that transition take place? We can talk about a specific moment from our perspective on the inside, but how do you talk about “when” outside of time? It’s a little like asking which room of your house your backyard is in. Even the notion of a transition that doesn’t take place in time is mind-bendy.Read more…