Only one recognized the humanity in the man lying on the side of the road and took on his suffering as his business. This is what it means to do justice, have mercy, and walk humbly with God. This is what it means to love our neighbors. Continue reading The Good Homeless Man
We want permission to leave the vulnerable behind and move on.
But that’s not the way of Jesus.
Love requires sacrifice. Love of neighbor means that we sacrifice our desires for the good of the community.
The way of Jesus is the way of true love and true love waits. Continue reading True Love Waits
Secularism is not the enemy of the church. The enemy of the church has always been the same thing that Jesus taught against: self-righteousness. That enemy is within and that’s why people don’t go to church anymore. Continue reading Why Don’t People Go to Church Anymore?
The temptation to rule the world is real, but let’s be clear about one thing: it is not the way … Continue reading The Temptation to Rule the World
One of my biggest struggles during this pandemic has been the desire to go back to what was before. Continue reading Hope is Better than a Positive Attitude
This is the time of year when people seem to argue over pleasantries, as if saying “Happy Holidays” is offensive … Continue reading No More Merry Christmas?
Recognizing Jesus as Messiah is the little clue that changes the entire biblical narrative. Continue reading Discovering a Passionate Faith
We often feel like we need to go through this alone, almost in secret, because we don’t want to be judged for our doubts and skepticism, but we don’t have to be alone. I want to invite you into the deconstruction – and rebuilding – process with me. Yours will look different than mine and that’s okay, we can still do this together. Continue reading I Don’t Want to Go to Church Anymore
“The Bible says” that God was grieved by the wickedness of the people and destroyed them, but what if that … Continue reading Can we talk about Noah’s Ark?
Is the Bible inerrant? What it’s not? Continue reading What if the Bible is Wrong?
So many voices and they are all SHOUTING! It’s hard to listen through all the noise. I need to withdraw; … Continue reading A Hope and a Future – Temptation in the Wilderness
God brought the Israelites out of Egypt to form a new nation – a nation based on laws, right? He … Continue reading A Hope and a Future – the Pursuit of Justice and Mercy
God brought the people out of Egypt and provided for them. He called them all to the mountain, but they … Continue reading A Hope and a Future – A Gift and a Blessing
God went before Israel into Egypt, in the form of Joseph, and prepared the way to save him from the … Continue reading A Hope and a Future – the Gods of Egypt
Do you see God working right now to bring about a better future? It’s easy to struggle with that concept … Continue reading A Hope and A Future – Preparing the Way
Do you remember going on road trips before GPS? I remember pulling out my Thomas Bros. map book and plotting … Continue reading A Hope and a Future – the Promised One
My spirit has been very unsettled this week. As I have prayed, I’ve found that the only words I hear … Continue reading A Future and a Hope – the Work of Exile
So, Abraham left and began his journey. “…they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there.” Over … Continue reading A Future and a Hope – Abraham, part 2
The biblical narrative is one long, complicated story of God bringing humanity from a state of exile into his full … Continue reading A Hope and a Future – Abraham
During times like these, we’re all tempted to place our hope in things of this world and lose sight of … Continue reading A Hope and A Future – Creation
What does faithfulness look like? Faithfulness, he talked of Madam, your enduring faithfulness. Now tell me truly. When you found … Continue reading Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
It’s Sunday in April. What were your plans for today? For I know the plans I have for you,” declares … Continue reading A Future and a Hope with Noah
I have wanted to write a storybook Bible for teens and adults for several years now and I’m hoping this … Continue reading Storybook Bible for Teens & Adults – Introduction
Maybe Linus was right. Maybe the Charlie Brown Christmas Trees of this world just need us to give up our security blankets and wrap them in love. Continue reading Searching for the Hope of Christmas
I struggled for a long time with this conflict between fundamentalism and progressivism, not really being comfortable in either. Continue reading Have You Been Saved? Saved from What?
The Bible says a lot of things. Throwing out statements like “the Bible says…” is often an attempt to end conversation, to seek absolution for deeply held prejudices, to deter others from thinking critically, and sometimes to hold onto power. Continue reading “The Bible Says So” is Not an Answer