Today in Theology

An archive listing of theology highlights from around the world.

Church of England General Synod backs women bishops

BBC News | Robert Pigott

The Church of England has voted to allow women to become bishops for the first time in its history. Its ruling General Synod gave approval to legislation introducing the change by the required two-thirds majority. A previous vote in 2012 was backed by the Houses of Bishops and Clergy but blocked by traditionalist lay members. Read more.

The Complexity of Contextual Ministry

Patheos | Frederick Schmidt

Seminaries have made considerable progress in developing a contextual approach to ministry. But if there are two weaknesses in the models for that we use, it may be our near exclusive focus on racial and ethic differences and an implicit dependence upon urban assumptions for the way in which we discuss context. Read more.

Bishop explores role of United Methodist Church in Sand Creek Massacre

The Denver Post | Colleen O'Connor

GREENWOOD VILLAGE — Elaine Stanovsky didn’t know much about the Sand Creek Massacre when she moved to Colorado in 2009. She learned, slowly, about the connection between the Methodists and the massacre. Now she wants to tell the truth. Read more.

The Top 20 Online Theology Master’s Degree Programs

The Best Schools.org

Iliff’s MTS is Ranked #3! With new technology redefining the world of higher education, it is now easier than ever to complete a Theology Master’s Degree online. Flexibility, the convenience of working from your home or local ministry, and the opportunity to save both time and money are all motivating students… Read more.

Martyrs, miracles and the stuff of making saints

9News | Kyle Dyer

Miguel De La Torre, Professor of Social Ethics, discusses the canonization of Pope John Paul and John XXII in an interview with Kyle Dyer. In Sunday’s dual papal canonization of John Paul II & John XXIII, it also involves rule-breaking, fast-track procedures. 9NEWS at 7 a.m. 04/25/14.

A Latino Coming Out Story

Newsweek | Oscar Lopez

With its mixture of machismo, conservative family values and ardent Catholicism, the Latino community might seem like an ideal environment for a festering homophobia. Coming out to my Mexican dad was hard because that was the ideology he grew up in, and that was the culture I imagined he understood. Miguel De La Torre is quoted in this article in Newsweek. Read more.

A Kinder, Gentler, More Grown-up Easter

Patheos | Roger Wolsey (Iliff Alum)

In yo face Devil! Take that forces of evil! Look whose laughing now! Ding Dong the witch is dead! … Such has become the way that many of the world’s Christians have come to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection on Easter. We’ve allowed the ways of the world to infuse our beliefs and we end up fighting fire with fire. Employing the world’s ways against it. Read more.

My Favorite Angel: Easter Reflections on Matthew 28:1-10

Patheos | Alyce M. McKenzie

The angels in Matthew’s gospel remind me of my UPS man. He’s very focused on his job. He is there to deliver a package, not to sell it to me. “Hey Mrs. M., I understand your husband has seasonal allergies. Here is a humidifier from the Sharper Image. It got an excellent Consumer Report rating. There is a rebate coupon enclosed. I highly recommend it.” Read more.

Can Jesus Be Too Good-Looking?

The Durango Herald | Jocelyn Noveck, AP National Writer

NEW YORK – They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying you can’t be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood.
Jim Caviezel portrayed Jesus in the 2004 film “The Passion of the Christ.” But in the popular new film “Son of God,” Jesus is so, well, easy on the eyes that some are revisiting an age-old question vexing scholars for centuries: Did Jesus really look like Brad Pitt, only slightly better?

Making drunk driving an immigration issue spreads hate

Denver Progressive Examiner | Chris Time Steele

Scholar and professor at the Illif School of Theology, Dr. Miguel De La Torre stated, “The death of a 17-year-old by a drunk driver is a tragedy and there’s no question about that and the drunk driver should be punished for that regardless of his status but connecting this particular drunk driver with the term illegal is a way of criminalizing everyone who is undocumented.” Read more.