Category Archives: Theology

Women Made the Transformation Possible

Earlier we have written about the Mennonites of Paraguay’s Gran Chaco. Here’s another part of this mostly untold, remarkable story: the work of the women. The unlikely success of this community of immigrants, their transformation of that hostile land, was … Continue reading

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What a Janitor Can Teach Us About the Kingdom of God

I recently came across this thoughtful blog post by my friend Jim Mullins at Redemption Church in Tempe, Arizona. I passed it around at the DNA global secretariat office, and it was fun to hear many stories from my colleagues … Continue reading

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This Just In … Christians Care!

Christians care! That’s the gist of a recent editorial from the New York Times, “A Little Respect for Dr. Foster” by Nicholas Kristof/ @NickKristof. Kristof begins by referencing polls that indicate “gays and lesbians” are viewed more favorably than “evangelical Christians.” But he … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter at the Supreme Court Today

Today’s Washington Post editorial is titled, “The Supreme Court Must Finish the Job on Same Sex Equality.” In it, we read: The Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in a case widely expected to decide a great civil rights issue … Continue reading

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Culture: Where the Physical and Spiritual Converge

God made humankind to be culture makers, and it matters a great deal what kind of culture we create. Whatever our vocation, whatever domain we are called to, as Christians our work is ultimately to create kingdom culture—culture that reflects … Continue reading

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Vision and Technology Turned Desolation Into Abundance

Abundance can come from the most unlikely places. In the 27 years I worked for a relief and development organization, I heard two clear messages too often: From impoverished indigenous peoples the message was, “We have no resources, we are … Continue reading

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Wisdom Sustains the Universe Through Human Obedience

Jesus spoke of a property owner who met with his servants before leaving on a journey. I’m going away for awhile. I want you to look after my property while I’m gone. He gave money to each servant in proportion … Continue reading

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We Can Rebel But We Can’t Escape the Consequences of Rebellion

“God gave them over,” Romans 1:24. “God gave them over,” Romans 1:26. “God gave them over,” Romans 1:28. I have read the apostle Paul’s words hundreds of times over the years. I have studied and taught from Romans 1. But … Continue reading

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Creation Laws: Wisdom Sustains the Universe

Wisdom and its fruit—shalom—is found when we live in synch with God’s order. God governs the universe through a set of laws and ordinances. You could call them creation laws. They fit broadly into three categories: Truth (physical and metaphysical … Continue reading

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There’s No Christian Education without Context

Bible teachers have long emphasized the importance of context to establish the meaning of a text. The same is true for any communication. A friend pointed out to me once that an instruction to “Make the boat fast” without adding … Continue reading

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