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 Prodigal Son and our journey back to the father’s house

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Eastern and Western Christians celebrate Easter on different dates, and that means that our lenten schedules don't mesh either. Orthodox Christians are just now wading into the season, and today is the second of several pre-lenten commemorations, the Sunday of the Prodigal Son. The church points us to Jesus' parable to remind us that we are all on a journey back to the father. Here's the story retold in the 1977 feature, Jesus of Nazareth:That same year, 1977, Christian musician Keith … [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...]

Into the hands of a loving God

The Heart of the Good Shepherd

On July 8, 1741, Jonathan Edwards preached his most famous sermon and probably the most famous American sermon ever, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The sermon portrays God suspending sinners over the fires of hell with only his arbitrary good pleasure preventing their drop to eternal torment.Edwards paints a frighteningly vivid picture to provoke his listeners to self-reflection, fear, and repentance. “The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some … [Read more...]


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