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CURRENT ISSUE: Volume 29, Number 2, Fall 2017 / Leading Ideas

Martin Luther’s Reformation of Love

One of the more reductive historical explanations of the Reformation is that Martin Luther's role in the events all stemmed from the problem of a guilty conscience. Hear Ron Rittgers address this misconception, demonstrating how a theology of love, not of guilt, was the bedrock of Luther's earth-shaking theological insight.   More…

Contemplation in a World of Action

In a culture that demands constant action, how do we make space for contemplation? How do we find rest for our souls? Sharing from his personal journey, Charles Ringma suggests a return "ad fontes"—back to the sources. Surveying the thought of Bernard of Clairveaux, Gregory the Great, and Augustine, Ringma arrives back at Christ, whom he suggests is our perfect image of a life balanced between contemplation and action, each infusing and informing the other.   More…

Did Luther Nail It?

Sola scriptura was the seedbed, and from it sprouted several of our most important doctrines about Scripture. These include the clarity of Scripture, the centrality of the literal reading, and the Protestant canon itself. Trace the historical significance of these doctrines, and find out why we may need to start a “new Reformation, in line with the first.”   More…

Volume 29, Number 1, Winter 2017

Migration and the Migrant God

Charles Ringma depicts God as migrant, and the incarnation as the paradigmatic experience of migration: "We need God in the tabernacle, not the temple. We need a God in the midst of our ambiguity, pain, lament, confusion, and questioning."   More…

Landscape and Community

Maxine Hancock is a Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies and Spiritual Theology, Regent College. Here, she reflects on her and her husband Cam's transition from Vancouver to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia—and the way the beautiful new environment was slowly informed by a new community.   More…

The Long and Winding Road

For both the apostle Paul and Paul Spilsbury, the Christian journey is marked by times of displacement and unbelonging. This, Paul (Spilsbury) argues, isn't just an unfortunate byproduct of the faith: it comes close to the heart of what it means to follow Christ.   More…

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