No matter in what country you were raised, no matter who raised you, no matter to what church you do or don't go, no matter which Scripture passages are your token favorites, no matter how many books about Jesus you do or don't read, no matter how aligned your theology is to whichever famous … [Read More...]
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I don't know about you, but whenever I hear about the broken-hearted and the oppressed (the underprivileged, the downtrodden, the marginalized, etc.) the picture that usually jumps to my mind is a starving orphan in tattered rags, a strung out prostitute on a streetcorner, or a single mom with only … [Read More...]
Several years ago, I took a course called The History of [Christian] Doctrine. Our professor, Dr. John D. Hannah, said something that has always stuck with me. He said that, over the course of history, Catholics and Protestants walked through the same field of theological wildflowers, picking as … [Read More...]
On a warm but windy evening this week, I went on a walk with my friend Donna. And I accidentally dominated the conversation. I guess I had a lot on my mind and in my heart. Donna asks such good questions and listens with such interest and patience that I always hardly notice when I'm talking the … [Read More...]
I'm stuck in a rut. I've been finding myself obsessing lately about: What do I want to be when I grow up? Its symptoms are obvious, once I'm honest about them: anxiety, fear, impatience, anger, endless streams of unanswerable and unhelpful questions (What am I doing with my life? I'm not doing it … [Read More...]
Every day it seems I notice my boys swelling a bit. Don't worry - they're not sick. They're just growing. Their bellies swell with the fullness of a simple meal. Their calves swell with overuse in reckless play. Their language swells; new words and more correct pronunciations and verb … [Read More...]