In my last post, I discussed God’s heart-throbbing desire to dwell among us—within the cavern of every human heart and by design throughout the vast creation.…
I remember the days when I listened to children’s Bible songs in the car with my kids. “Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho” commanded the children…
The events at Gethsemane left the disciples with dashed hopes. They had believed Jesus was untouchable. I imagine that had Jesus fought and remained undefeated, the disciples would have stayed, defending Him to the death, as Peter had boldly declared he would. These events make me wonder if I too would be scandalized or offended by Jesus based on my assumptions about God.
As I reflected on Jesus’ words to religious leaders about “mercy and not sacrifice,” it occurred to me that many Christians are preoccupied with sin and…
The traditional view considers the judgment scary. We’ve been taught that it brings punishment. Because the Judge of the Universe determines every verdict, there is no need to explain or reveal anything. The kind of judgment that plays out in our courtrooms, however, makes it hard to see the theological beauty and sense behind God’s judgment.
With Spirt-filled endowment, there’s nothing beyond our ability. God can move mountains and shake empires. He can turn the world upside down through empowered lives, even now.
In the messy landscape of human perplexity, we are called to bring that kind of love into the world. May we relinquish our self-focus and pursue the only effective way to live together in healing and justice. This is the only way to follow Jesus.
The common theories and methods for describing the process of justification had become a puzzle for me. I was not a terrified sinner plagued by guilt and seeking justification before a cosmic judge.
The story of Jephthah tells me that it is good to break from the static structures of expressing faith, to break through the rigidity of religion into new and better understandings of God.
The Bible speaks of a future judgment day for the ages of humanity but some seem to crave retribution like a newborn craves his mother’s milk. How we view God’s coming matters, not only for the future but for today.