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Why the “intrinsic worth” of people is a big deal

Recently I listened to a public radio interview with author Adam Cohen. Cohen has written a book about the “eugenics” movement in America and the way it created a culture of forced sterilization. According to well-documented research, somewhere around 60,000 people were involuntarily sterilized because they were deemed “feebleminded.” This early-twentieth century movement considered itself […]

Leading Young People To Theologically Minded Faith

by Fred Edie This article is featured in the Youth Ministry: A Part of the Church or Apart from the Church? (Nov/Dec/Jan 2015-16) issue of Circuit Rider For too long Christians have thought of theology as an esoteric academic discipline, the province of supercilious, tenured scholars scheming behind the fortified walls of ivory towers. We […]

Wanted: Good Theology (COMMENTARY)

I opened a popular church publication last week and actually read an argument claiming that the widening gap in wealth among people is a good thing. My first instinct was to react from a social justice perspective, and that would not be incorrect. Yet further reflection moved me to conclude that such a claim is […]

A Theology of Work (COMMENTARY)

I came to understand that part of my problem with work was the incessant need to prove something – in other words: to have, to do, to produce.

Reflections: Learning to believe in a God of ‘Yes and No’

I often wonder about those who have only a “God of Yes” theology. When the crops are plentiful, the prayers for successful children are answered, the business thrives and the team wins, they believe everything is the result of God saying “yes” to their sincere appeals. Most of us are genuinely eager to give God […]

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