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Disability and the Church

A mainline church here in Scotland recently asked me to speak about disability with their ministry selection committee. As the conversation progressed, it became obvious […]

Pro-Life and Pro-COVID Vaccine?

One of the more controversial questions raised with the COVID vaccines has to do with the cell lines from which they are developed.  That is, […]

By Scott Rae

Covid-19 and the Cure of Souls

Understandings of illness and death in the practice of medicine changed dramatically after the Enlightenment. In the Middle Ages, both had their locus in the […]

By Frederick W. Schmidt

Escaping or Being in the World?

Over the past several months I have been revisiting some of my favourite books. I’ve gone back to the fantastical people and landscapes of Diana […]

By Eleanor McLaughlin

On Hope in Times of Crisis

There are few things so difficult to see then someone’s greatest hopes crushed. It can be as incidental as witnessing a favourite sports team lose […]

By Michael Burdett

Interview with an Author

Hannah Stolze, an InStead Editor-at-Large, has written a new book, Wisdom-Based Business: Applying Biblical Principles and Evidence-Based Research for a Purposeful and Profitable Business. At […]

By Hannah Stolze and Brent Waters

Corona Hermeneutics 2: Interpretive Frameworks

Editor’s note: For Corona Hermeneutics Part 1, see article linked to the left. The world is in the grip of a Coronavirus “pandemic.” Prominent political […]

By Jens Zimmermann

Missional Congregations for a New Moral Landscape

The revivalistic style of evangelism originally popularized in the United States during the Second Great Awakening is no longer effective in much of North America. […]