With culture shifts and upcoming generations sometimes focusing more attention on the present and future, earlier teachings from wise men and women worth learning from can be overlooked. Perhaps one of these teachers being German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, widely known for his writings amidst his actively anti-Nazi stance in the World War II era. In this week’s piece, Jared Myer, a student at Southeastern University, invites us on a personal journey into Bonhoeffer’s letters, and shares his takeaways from engaging with teachers from the past.
Personality tests, such as the Enneagram or Myers-Briggs, offer opportunity for deeper understanding and growth in ourselves, and healthier relationships with others. But if we are not careful, these helpful tools can become hurtful, minimizing people to mere stereotypes, and excusing behavior that needs to change. In this week’s post, Austin Spiller, a graduate student at Southeastern University’s Divinity School, takes a look at how we as Christians can use these tools in a positive way.
The question in our relationships is not whether or not we will disagree, but when it will happen, and what it will be about. Despite the inevitability of differing opinions these arguments are often mishandled. This week, missionary Tori Rasmussen shares a few principles of how to engage with others concerning topics we can’t agree on, for civility’s sake.
“I don’t support him anymore, did you hear what he did?” These are phrases that pop culture has normalized in an attempt to hold those in positions of power to a certain moral standard. While taking the actions of those in such positions seriously shows the potential of a public commitment to justice, it so often lacks an offer of redemption. This week, PhD student Justin Rose examines how Christians can earnestly and positively engage with these public calls to accountability.
We should expect our politicians to extend a loving heart and concern for those who need a lifting hand. In our call for caring politicians, we as a community participate through our political commitments in lifting-up the whole of society. In this week’s post, Dr. Zachary Tackett, church history and theology professor at Southeastern University, discusses the modern impeachment relevance in today’s political climate and how we as believers might react in response.
Recognizing the state of our moral existence should help usbetter tackle, or at least better understand, the ethical issues that we face,especially those that we deem more personally important. Ethics surround oureveryday existence. In this week’s post, Yoon Shin,ethics professor at Southeastern University, discusses several steps for ethicaldecision-making when answers stray from being simply black or white.
Education reform is one of those hot-button issues that nearly everyone has an opinion about. People from all different walks of life, political leanings, and faith backgrounds tend to agree that our education systems in the U.S., and in the West in general, need some significant improvements. This week, Jamin Metcalf, M. Ed. student, elaborates on a constructive reclaim of education’s core values within our capitalistic system and presents a renewed understanding of what these values should mean for modern pedagogy and Christian praxis.
Upon Kanye West’s newest album release, some Christian groups developed radical polarizing perspectives. Half of the church seemed to welcome Kanye with open arms, while the other fundamental half completely rejected him. The conversation has become almost entirely hinged on the discussion of whether to accept Kanye’s story of salvation, or not. In today’s post, Jackson Hirch, student at Southeastern University, informs the ongoing dialogue surrounding Kanye West’s latest album, Jesus is King, and suggests a new perspective for the church to consider.
The contemporary minimalist movement is deeply invested in practicing a renunciation that coincides with the reorientation of one’s desires. Its aim is to live a more meaningful and fulfilling life. According to two prominent leaders of this movement, Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the primary goal of minimalism is to live a meaningful life. While contemporary minimalists draw from the wells of Greek stoicism, there are deep resources that the earliest Christians of North Africa provide when addressing the topic of wealth and simplicity. The Christian theologian and teacher Clement (his name meaning merciful) of Alexandria (150-215 CE) developed a rich understanding of renunciation. This week’s article explores his vision of the Christian life focused on the reorientation of a person’s desires such that simplistic living, where giving becomes normative in one’s personal and communal practice.
We are not owners of the world, or anything in it for that matter, though we stand in as caretakers and stewards. So what does it look like when we recognize that “the earth is the Lord’s and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it?” After all, we will be giving back to God all that he has lent us, our bodies, money, houses, cars and the earth we inhabit.