By the Mainline Protestant Team

photo courtesy of h.koppdelaney via C.C. License at FlickrThis week in the Public Square, the subject is GOD.  (We like the big questions here at Patheos.) Who or what is God, as defined by the various religions of the world?  Along with our excellent Christian perspectives on the elusive concept of the Trinity and a God who is still "in process" in the world, we decided to reach out to a handful of theobloggers (those blogging about God online) for a more personal take on the question.  And just to make it a bit more interesting, we decided to launch our first-ever Theoblogger Challenge here at the Mainline Protestant Portal.  We invited a dozen bloggers to answer the question: Who/What is God? ... in 100 words or less.

Seven bloggers rose to the challenge, and more than a few said it was not easy to describe God in so few words.  Yet the responses were evocative and varied and, in some cases, very personal.  Images of God abound -- from God as a caring "Mama" to a sick child, to God as three persons, to God as a blade of grass breaking through a crack in the asphalt.  May the responses below inspire your own language about what many call the indescribable.  There's room for your comments at the end of the article, but remember -- 100 words or less!

WHO/WHAT IS GOD? ... IN 100 WORDS OR LESS

Responders:

Christine Valters Paintner, founder and director of Abbey of the Arts and a spiritual director based in Seattle, WA

Byron Wade, Vice-Moderator of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and a Presbyterian pastor in Raleigh, NC

Robb Harrell, a Lutheran pastor serving as a mission re-developer at St. Luke Church (www.storyofgod.org) in Atlanta, GA

Adam Walker Cleaveland, a Minister for Youth and Young Adults at Asbury United Methodist Church in Livermore, CA

Jim Burklo, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and the Associate Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California

Amy Julia Becker, a writer and a student at Princeton Theological Seminary

Christine Sine, co-founder of Mustard Seed Associates, a network of followers of Jesus seeking to put God's purposes first in their lives

 


Christine Valters Paintner

God Is...

The One who pulses through the ancient blood of our ancestors,
and births newness in holy ecstasy.