Welcome the Questions and Keep the Faith

Welcome the Questions and Keep the Faith

I’ve had big questions about life, love, God, the universe, the purpose of our existence, etc. Well-intentioned people have tried to warn me that my questions were a threat and to stick to the scripted, simple answers. Rather than feeling helped, I felt shamed....
What Holy Week is All About for Christians

What Holy Week is All About for Christians

Holy Week refers to Christianity’s annual commemoration of the final week of Jesus’ life leading to his death on the cross on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. This entire week is a reminder that Christianity isn’t just a global...
The Church Is Messy, Isn’t It?

The Church Is Messy, Isn’t It?

The church is messy, isn’t it? When I look around, I see that we’re often unsafe for the hurting, unkind to those who don’t see the world the way we do, and unlike Jesus in how we relate to people. We often tack our nationalism, patriotism, racism, classism,...
Living With a Single Priority

Living With a Single Priority

Priorities. Did you know that word actually means pretty much nothing? The word priority comes from the Latin word prior which means former or first. That which is a priority is first. It’s the source out of which something else comes. So to have many different...
Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Rob Bell defines despair as “believing that tomorrow will be just like today,” which reminds me of the lyrics from the final verse of one of my favorite hymns… Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;...
How to Inspire More People to Give Thanks to God

How to Inspire More People to Give Thanks to God

It’s been said that missions exists because worship doesn’t. That is to say, because so many people don’t yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, out of which praise and worship naturally flow, we keep going with the good news to as many people as possible. We...
Learning All the Rules vs. Becoming Love

Learning All the Rules vs. Becoming Love

Have you ever played Mao? My daughter taught me, by beating me mercilessly. Of course, she didn’t tell me the rules. Or how to win. Or anything else. And that’s the point of Mao. You learn the game by doing things right. Or wrong. And by getting penalized....
How Your Faith Can Make You Whole

How Your Faith Can Make You Whole

When Jesus says, “Your faith has made you whole,” what does he mean? Among most Christians today, there are two competing interpretations. On the one hand are those who emphasize the power of one’s faith. The more faith you have, the more likely you are to receive a...
God’s Nonviolent Plan of Salvation

God’s Nonviolent Plan of Salvation

The story that has developed over centuries among Christians, particularly in the West, is a strange and violent twist on the gospel, which literally means “good news.” This modern gospel is that God is willing to save some people and abandon the rest. And...

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