By: Philip Jenkins As an integral part of Western rhetoric, crusades indicated a noble or righteous struggle inspired by higher motives. The word is now actively toxic, suggesting religious fanaticism and Islamophobia.
By: Colin Sedgwick Is there a specifically Christian view of laughter? The Bible has very little to say about it, but some leaders from Christian history have some intriguing observations. So lighten up and enjoy.
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Marty Center: Sightings) Even as media outlets scale back their coverage of religion news, we need astute professionals who can provide fresh appraisal of religious topics in a conscientious and informed manner.
By: Thomas Kidd Culture is extraordinarily complex and not susceptible to quick change, especially through politics. While evangelicals can participate in politics, we must remember that politics simply reflects culture.
By: Trevor Barton Often, you can listen to people when they don't speak a single word. Listening to people's faces is hard work and must be developed slowly over time, but they have so much to tell us.
By: Roger Olson Christian thinkers support a variety of economic theories as 'middle axioms' for implementing Kingdom ethics within the world that is not yet the Kingdom of God. Here are four major options.
By: Guy Sayles Anger is a hazardous material, to be handled with extreme caution. If we manage anger carefully and wisely, we can use it for good. When we're good stewards of our anger, it doesn't have to be destructive.
By: Bob Newell As it wrestles with its own economic crisis, Greece must now feed and house many desperate refugees seeking safety and a better chance at life. And the daily grind of life wears almost everyone down.
By: Simon Jones God often works where he's not invited or welcomed - except by those who have no other prayer but that he'll come to their aid in their distress. Just ask those, many of them Christians, in the refugee camp in France.
By: Leroy Seat More than 30,000 Americans die from alcohol-induced causes. Factor in deaths indirectly influenced by alcohol, it climbs to 90,000. Maybe it's time for a long-term educational program similar to efforts to curb tobacco use.
By: Arthur Brown Being Christian and being Muslim are not the same. We don't have identical understandings of the God we worship. However, Christians can reject the bigotry of judging others and build bridges of respect.
By: Jonathan Davis Homelessness is a significant problem in rural settings. And identifying those rural homeless presents multiple challenges, especially when mandated government strategies get in the way.
By: Colin Harris Many people are generous individuals, but are we part of a generous culture? Creating a culture of generosity means our community gives priority to serving a common good over protecting a privileged few.
By: Guy Sayles Despite the current climate of extreme rhetoric, people hunger for words that inspire hope and hearten the discouraged. Christians need to speak sustaining, life-building and grace-giving words.
By: Sean McKenzie Some political candidates are engaging in divisive rhetoric, notably against immigrants, as part of their grab for power. They are modern-day playground bullies, and we must stand up to them.