Tag Archive for: Martin Thielen

Hurricanes, Holocausts, and other Horrors: Three Theological Responses to Suffering

In the face of hurricanes, holocausts, and other horrors, how do people navigate faith?

The Benefit of the Doubt: How Religious Doubts Can Lead to a More Mature Faith

Doubt can serve as a life-giving, growth-enhancing, spiritually enriching gift. I like to call this “the benefit of the doubt.”

Talladega Nights, John Wayne, January 6, and Jesus

If Jesus doesn’t challenge my worldview, values, politics, and daily life, and if he doesn’t make me uncomfortable on a regular basis, I’m probably not taking him seriously.

It’s (Past) Time to Raze Hell

What kind of deity would eternally torture people in agonizing flames of hell?

If Faith Were a Movie

Today’s religious environment offers Americans a wide variety of faith options. In the spirit of the recent Academy Awards season, this column will focus on five of them, each one illustrated by a movie.

Six Lessons I’ve Learned about Doubt

In recent decades, tens of millions of Americans have left their churches and other places of worship, and that trend shows no sign of abating.

Do You Have a Biblical Worldview?

It’s time to redefine the meaning of a “biblical worldview.”

The Gospel According to Don Draper

Authentic faith requires less certainty and more ambiguity.

Providence and the Pandemic

Can people of faith still see God’s hand in history? Does God really intervene in human and natural affairs? At least three competing answers to that question are possible.

Black Santas and Illuminated Menorahs

Christmas 2020 finds America deeply divided in many ways, including politically, racially, and even religiously. And yet stories of Christmas love, hope, peace, and joy still abound.