When Small Things Lead to Great Adventures: A Response to Laura Sumner Truax’s Undone

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I am daily reminded of the truths revealed in chaos theory’s metaphorical “ butterfly effect.” According to the butterfly effect, small actions, such as a butterfly flapping its wings in Santa Cruz, California, where I played as a high school and college student, can shape the weather patterns in Cape Cod, where now I live, [Read More...]

Some Footnotes on Hell: Responding to Jack Graham’s Angels, Satan, Heaven, Hell, and Winning the War for Eternity

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Jack Graham’s Unseen: Angels, Satan, Heaven, Hell, and Winning the War for Eternity is a must-read for anyone who wishes to learn about traditional images of the afterlife and the spiritual world. Although I take a very different theological and biblical bath, Graham well represents a literalist understanding of scripture, and that in itself is [Read More...]

Authentic Abundance: Responding to Karen Beattie’s Rock-Bottom Blessings

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I am a firm believer in the holy synchronicities of life.  As I read the last words of Karen Beattie’s Rock-Bottom Blessings, I looked up and for the first time noticed – I had been living in our new home on Cape Cod for two months! – that my wife had placed an art piece [Read More...]

Power, Love, and the Absence of God: A Dialogue with Sheridan Voysey’s “Resurrection Year”

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[This post is part of a roundtable conversation on the new book, Resurrection Year by Sheridan Voysey, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] Sheridan Voysey’s Resurrection Year is a testament to faith and honesty.  It opens the door for faithful Christians to take theology seriously and go beyond the rote recitation of “orthodox” doctrines, [Read More...]

The God We Find in Darkness: The Good News of Partial Sovereignty

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God feels our pain, from the inside as a companion not the outside as a spectator or cause, and God provides possibilities, inspirations, and energy to do the good work that is our calling in an open-ended, love-supported universe. [Read more...]


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