Stories of nuclear threats, oppression of refugees, and the racist, evil actions of the white supremacist “alt-right” in Charlottesville confront us with the fact that there is evil in the world and humans are often the perpetrators of it. What kind of world do we live in? Where is God in it? What are we […]Read more "When There’s No Sense in the Suffering: Evil (Charlottesville Response)"
A man in “gleaming, bright clothing” said to the women who came to the tomb of Jesus, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He isn’t here, but has been raised.Remember what he told you while he was still in Galilee, that the Human One must be handed over to sinners, be crucified, […]Read more "Back to Living"
Bob Goff, the author of Love Does, tells a story about time when he had to tell someone he cared about, and someone who had cared a lot about him, that he had decided to quit high school and go out west. He went to this person’s house to tell him the bad news. Bob then got […]Read more "Standing in Grace 4: Going With Us"
What do you think the root cause to our missing the mark is? Our nature as humans? Evil? Something else? In Slavery to Death, Richard Beck contends that it’s something else: fear of death. Do you buy that? It’s something to think about when we consider the earliest Christians. For instance, in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, […]Read more "IMMORTAL 3: DEATH & VICTORY"
The children’s version of the story of Noah and the Flood tends to be bright and cheery. Some bad things are happening. There’s a lot of rain (which is in some way connected to the bad things). God tells Noah to build a boat for himself, his family and a portion of creation. After Noah follows […]Read more "Images of God: Rainbow"
Scores of people have been forever etched in history in a negative light. Doubting Thomas is one of those people. Perhaps it’s fair. After all, he did say, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I […]Read more "Doubting/Believing"
In their song, “Believe”, Mumford & Sons haunt us with these words: I don’t even know if I believe I don’t even know if I believe I don’t even know if I wanna believe… Having belief is hardest when it comes to Jesus’ Resurrection. On the one hand, it’s an otherworldly order of transformation that […]Read more "The Road Less Traveled: Resurrection"
We’ve been talking about how everything we have is a gift from God for us, for our neighbors, for the Eternal Kingdom. The most dangerous gift God ever gave was freedom–our ability to make free choices. God did that for the sake of real relationship. After all, if God forced us to make choices for […]Read more "All Is Gift 4: Freedom"