Does God stack the deck against us?

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There is a curious passage in Matthew's gospel in which Jesus rebukes several cities. "Woe unto you, Chorazin!" he said, repeating the same for nearby Bethsaida and Capernaum (11.21, 23).Why? Because Jesus had performed miracles in each city and they ignored the wonders. They observed the miracles and did not repent. They failed to respond as they should have.But can we blame them?Right after upbraiding these cities, Jesus thanked God for hiding "these things from the wise and … [Read more...]

The changeless love of God

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Our experience of God often changes, doesn’t it? Sometimes he seems angry, other times loving; sometimes comforting, other times convicting; sometimes close, other times aloof. It varies, which is tricky because Scripture tells us that God doesn't change. So maybe -- if you'll forgive me for speaking for the entire human race -- the problem is us.Scripture frequently associates God with fire. He appears in the flames of a burning-yet-unburned bush. He leads by a blazing pillar. Flame streams … [Read more...]


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