De-terrorizing the Texts of Terror: What The Bible’s “Punishing God” is Really All About

There are any number of texts in the Bible that depict God as a punishing God, and God’s punishments, according to these texts, can be quite severe. I have noticed that some evangelicals who emphasize God’s love tend to ignore these texts, while others seem to take delight in a punitive God. Some progressives are [Read More...]

“Papa, if God wants to bring us peace and light, why did he help the Israelites destroy a city and kill people?”

Wiki: James Tissot, "The Taking of Jericho"

I don’t always allow my daughter, who is seven, to read during church service. Technically, it’s Mass, as we are Roman Catholic. But I grew up in an Evangelical charismatic church, and sometimes it still feels funny to use the “M” word. Mass is a one-hour period each week during which I want my daughter, [Read More...]

A Spiritual Path to Gratitude

Brother David Steindl-Rast has contended in his writings that gratitude is foundational to a healthy spiritual life. If that is true, and I believe it is, then how might we expand our capacity for gratitude? Perhaps some reflections drawn from the story of Moses’ encounter with God in Exodus 33:12-23 can lead us along a path to [Read More...]


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