Sunday Best: Narrative Theology, Deforestation Time Lapse, Free Will Research

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There has been a recent shift in understanding theology and the gospel in terms of a grand story instead of propositional, doctrinal statements. This shift has been welcomed by many and its effectiveness in communicating the gospel in a practical way is clear. But might it be such a good idea? In The Gospel Is More Than a Story, Leslie Layland Fields pushes back in hopes of regaining the importance of doctrinal creeds.

Jason Fowler writes about proper lament over at Sustainable Traditions. We quickly moved on from the Aurora shootings to the Olympics and then gay rights. Is this culture of distraction sustainable? He proposes we begin a continued journey of lament.

Watch some revealing videos of the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest via Google’s satellite videos. See this and other interesting time lapses from space.

For those interested in neuroscience and philosophical/theological issues concerning free will, there is a new article suggesting new brain research refutes results of earlier studies that cast doubts on free will.

“My parents have a heated indoor pool & I did this with my last dog, Nicholas. Nicholas would fall asleep in my arms & the weightlessness would feel so good on his old body. I’d just hold him in the water for about an hour and let him relax. He’d occasionally snore while I was holding him. He totally trusted me. He was my best friend.” This comment resonates with the featured story, “In loving arms: Man floats his sick dog to sleep.” How does this touching picture reflect God’s holistic vision for the kingdom?

College is about to begin again in many places and First Things published a piece by Stanley Hauerwas titled, “Go With God: An open letter to young Christians on their way to college.” This is a long but helpful read for any young person embarking on a new college journey. It sheds important light on issues concerning college life and faith.

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