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Become Like God?

Is It Good or Bad to Become Like God?

Many Christians aspire to be “like God” in certain respects—to be loving, just, merciful, wise—and indeed, this might even be…

Digital Sabbath

Digital Deceleration and the Ritual of Sabbath

I wonder if you’ve had the experience of pausing for a moment in your day and finding yourself suddenly overcome…

Part of the Embodying Biblical Rituals in a Digital Age series

Childlike Faith

Jesus Didn’t Commend ‘Childlike Faith’ Like We Think of It

Imagine you’re teaching Sunday school for, let’s say, first grade. Accompanying the goldfish, juice pouches, and coloring sheets is a…

Humility and Shame

Humility-Shame: A Positive Understanding of Shame from the Cross

Paul aspires toward the same type of shame that Christ experienced on the cross. This shame is inextricably connected to humility.

Part of the Purifying Ourselves: Moral Formation in the Bible series

Meritocracy

All Reward and Provision Come from God—Not the Meritocracy

Whenever a student comes into my office in tears, I know there’s a very good chance that the source of…

Part of the American Religion vs. the Bible series

Mental Health Challenges

Embodying the Kingdom While Facing Mental Health Challenges

In the book of Luke, the first thing we learn about the Kingdom is that it is good news. The…

Part of the Purifying Ourselves: Moral Formation in the Bible series

Head and Heart

Moral Formation Involves the Head and the Heart—Simultaneously

Humans engage their intellect and emotions simultaneously. How does that bear on our spiritual formation through the Psalms?

Part of the Purifying Ourselves: Moral Formation in the Bible series

Moral psychology in Proverbs

Fire, Soap, and Knives: The Book of Proverbs as a Means to Virtue

You have probably seen a version of this commercial. The first one I watched shows a man take a bite…

Part of the Purifying Ourselves: Moral Formation in the Bible series

Lamentations

The Therapeutic Use of Lamentations after Collective Trauma

Lamentations is a gift to soothe our personal griefs and secure our membership in a cloud of suffering witnesses to the faithfulness of God.

Moral psychology in the Bible

But Was Abraham Good? Ethical Complexity and Moral Reasoning in Genesis

We may take for granted that characters in the Book of Genesis, as in many stories, each manifest certain desires,…

Part of the Purifying Ourselves: Moral Formation in the Bible series