Thinking Christianly

When we think of the practice of hospitality—and specifically the call of the church to be hospitable, both towards one another and towards the world—it is imperative that we locate this call and what this means for us within the Gospel. By this I mean the following: that few things so embody the Gospel, in...

The Scriptures assume that the Christian community is marked by hospitality, both as a posture of response to one another as Christian believers and in our response to others—to the world, say. In 1 Peter 4:9 we read, “be hospitable to one another without complaining”—or, in the NIV, “offer hospitality without grumbling.”...

As I noted in a previous blog posting, the genius of the Christian intellectual tradition is that it seeks the integration of head and heart – intellect and affect, understanding and the emotional contours of our interior lives. We are not sentimentalists, dismissive of the intellectual life; we are not rationalists...

We live and work in deeply polarized social, political and religious communities and institutions. Christians have always, of course, had to navigate substantive differences. We see witness to those towards the end of the book of Romans where the Apostle Paul is speaking to what were clearly...

Part of our vision for the Christian life, and thus for what it means to be a university, is that we diligently foster our capacity for critical confident, creative, and compassionate thinking: we cultivate the life of the mind. But unfortunately, this is not always encouraged. There are forces or movements...

We need to make the case for communities of teaching and learning that have a fundamental commitment to cultivating the life of the mind – something that is essential to the mission of the church but also to what we mean by Christian formation and discipleship. As noted, though, this commitmen...

There are at least three ways by which and in which the work of scholarship and the tending to the life of the mind is being discounted and undervalued – ironically or tragically when it is most critically needed. In these postings, I will be speaking of three threats: pragmatism, sentimentalism...

The word “theology” has many connotations. Some do theology – theologians – as occupation or profession and typically they each within the religion or theology department of a university or seminary. Their focus, as a rule, is to explore the meaning of the Christian faith and the biblical...