This note comes from a reader who wrote me about David Opderbeck’s post last Friday, and let it be said that lurking often in the shadows behind comments are readers who have suffered nightmares. This post can be read as a prayer from the Jesus Creed community that we care and we want to be [...]
Perhaps the fundamental obstacle in embracing the biblical understanding of what happens beyond death, in particular what is traditionally called “hell,” is the rhetorical powers of misguided Christians who have exploited hell to persuade people to escape it. It was this that Brian McLaren was tapping into in his newest book’s sketch of what he [...]
Paul Louis Metzger, in Leadership, writes about “biblical justice” and defines it like this:
Biblical justice involves making individuals, communities, and the cosmos whole, by upholding both goodness and impartiality. It stands at the center of true religion, according to James, who says that the kind of “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). Earlier Scripture says, “The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern” (Prov. 29:7).
I have a thing for this term justice so let me give a brief on the term: