God Was NOT In The Earthquake

Before preaching that God caused the recent earthquake in Japan, and quoting scripture to justify it, I’ve got a verse that you should read. 1 Kings 19:11 says, “God was NOT in the earthquake.” If you keep reading, you will see that Elijah likewise does not find God in the “great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces” or in the “fire.” Instead, Elijah meets God in the “sound of sheer silence.” Pastors preaching earthquake theology should get themselves to a Centering Prayer retreat ASAP. [Read more…]

Who wins? Thoughts on Rob Bell and Christian Feuds

I wish I could say that I was more surprised that people were up in arms over Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins. By foregrounding the question of whether there truly is a hell, whether ultimately God might save all people, Rob Bell has struck a fork in a set of dangerous beliefs and pronounced them done. [Read more…]

Draw the Circle Wide: St. Patty’s Day Spirituality

St. Patrick’s Day can be an opportunity to reflect on God’s presence in your life. You can take some time today, and each day, to draw a sacred circle around yourself. You can chant Patrick’s words whenever you are feeling at risk or anxious. They are a reminder that God is your companion in all your adventures. [Read more…]