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Christians as a Cultural Minority (Again)

The greatest and most powerful Christian distinctive is not the exercise of power; it is the offer of grace.

The Forgotten Radicalism of Jesus Christ

First-century Christians weren’t prepared for what a truly radical and radically inclusive figure Jesus was, and neither are today’s Christians. We want to tame and domesticate who he was, but Jesus’ life and ministry don’t really allow for it.

Raised by Wolves

What’s missing in Raised by Wolves, as in so much of modern science fiction, is precisely anything resembling or ennobling the human soul.

‘I Feel Like I’m Handing Out Life Jackets of Hope in a Sea of Despair.’

If Christians are wise, they will emerge from this pandemic as different and better people: more kind and generous, more able to mourn with those who mourn, more able to model how love can cast out fear.

Why Jesus on the Cross Is No Mere Symbol

From the perspective of Christianity, one can question why God allows suffering, but one cannot say God doesn’t understand it. He is not remote, indifferent, untouched or unscarred.

Stephen Hawking’s Surprise

No matter how much a mess we make of history, there is a grandeur to the cosmos that human stupidities and infidelities cannot obscure. To imagine that that grandeur just happened is to think too low.

The Uncommon Power of Grace

We are naturally drawn to covenants and karma, to cause and effect, to earning what we receive. No religion but Christianity places grace at its theological center.

Why I Am Still Grateful

Gratitude is hardly restricted to people of faith, just as people of faith are not exempt from ingratitude. But for many of us of the Christian faith, there are certain events that are sources of continuing thankfulness.

The Easter Effect and How It Changed the World

The first Christians were baffled by what they called “the Resurrection.” Their struggle to understand it brought about astonishing success for their faith.

Correcting for the Historian’s Middle Eastern Biases

Eugene Rogan’s The Arabs: A History will be of value to readers who wish to understand the Arab world the way Arabs want to be understood. As history it is fabulous, but as analysis, it has a certain bias that I found frustrating as an Arab Christian.