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Why Theology Matters (and Doesn't Matter) to Social Justice

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Why Theology Matters (and Doesn't Matter) to Social Justice

..."our confession of faith leads to a deeper reflection on our language. How the church identifies global and social problems shapes its response. Not only is theological language important because it is the most accurate language to use, but it points the church in the right direction for response." - Elizabeth Geberhart, The Cross and Gendercide (IVP: 2014)   What does theology matter if it fails to inform the ways we respond to various social and global pains? What does theology matter if it fails to compel us to step outside of our institutions and into the bars and streets of our local...

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I Lost Count At Twenty-One...

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I Lost Count At Twenty-One...

For most people the number Twenty-One has a lot of positive meaning attached to it. It is the age that you can finally drink alcohol without it being illegal. You are really set on the course of adulthood by then as well. Many of us older people (by old I mean 30 and up) we often say, “Oh if I were only Twenty-One again!” There is a sense of “Finally” and a new found freedom that happens at Twenty-One that shapes and molds you as you move into the years of #Adulting. But upon reflecting recently, this number has been...

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Issues Versus Movements: Re-Examining Pro-Life

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Issues Versus Movements: Re-Examining Pro-Life

Social movements are always an interesting phenomena. Though some movements have definitive and pivotal moments and figures, it's hard to tell exactly when a movement is birthed and when, in fact, one comes to meet its goals. In terms of its birth, a movement always arises out of a variety of factors that are extremely complex and intricate. As a historian and a novice sociologist, I can tell you that the phrase A Brief History of ________ should really precede any historical tome on just about anything! Likewise, I would suggest that once a movement begins, it never fully dies. It may...

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