Believing the best about God

Burying the talent

Our assumptions about God affect our experience of him. My mind returned to this thought several times while recently reflecting on the parable of the talents.The story, which Jesus tells in Matthew 25, is familiar to most of us. Before a man of means departs on a lengthy journey, he deposits some of his wealth into the hands of his three servants: five talents to the first, two to the second, and one to the third.As soon as he's gone, the men get busy.Different servants, different … [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...]

Why you can (and should) assume the goodness of God

Assuming the goodness of God

A friend recently told me about an acquaintance who's convinced that God is angry with her. She's in a rough patch right now and believes that he's punishing her.I'm not equipped to plumb the mind of God, but I wonder about that. Some people seem quick to assume the anger of God. Perhaps there are personal reasons they feel distance from him, and that distance feels like God's displeasure toward them. If you read the Psalms, you're familiar with the dynamic. But I don't think that God is … [Read more...]


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