Bargaining Jacob: Reflections on this Sunday’s OT Text

Do we not expect some goodies from God if we give God our time, however small, however grudging? It is a question we need constantly to ask ourselves. Do we worship our God simply because we can do nothing else? Do we serve our God simply because we can do nothing else? Just how often are we bargaining Jacob? Good questions indeed.
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The Straw Man and the Arrogant Modernist

God save me from smug, ill informed, modernists who spend their time deconstructing faith thinking that they know what is true. I write to the rest of you, to those who know there is something beyond what we can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. I’m writing to those of you who are yearning for a context of meaning, but who have rightly rejected the mythic-literal frame of the world’s religions. I write to say that there is something beyond that. Enter the conversation. We’ll find it together.
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Battling the Biblical Bully

Earlier this week, author, speaker and blogger Rachel Held Evans stirred up quite the controversy when she called Mark Driscoll, a “bully” for his Facebook status update poking fun of “effeminate anatomically male religious leaders.” As Evans observed, Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has a long history of using anti-gay slurs to demonize anyone he deems “unmanly.” [Read more…]