Does the Pursuing God Ever Stop Pursuing?

Like any loving parent or grandparent, God will not quit pursuing us – or loving us. Not even death can hinder God’s pursuit, for nothing can separate us from the graceful and pursuing love of God. [Read more…]

Balancing Self Interest and World Loyalty: On Dee Dee Risher’s ‘Soulmaking Room’

This post is part of a conversation on the new book The Soul-Making Room by Dee Dee Risher, for the Patheos Book Club. Philosopher Alfred North Whitehead claims that religion, at its best, aims at world loyalty. It begins, as the philosopher notes, with solitude, with our own personal experiences of the holy and the privacy [Read More…]

Life is Messy: Reflections on Daniel Fusco’s ‘Honestly’

This post is part of a conversation on the new book Honestly: Getting Real About Jesus and Our Messy Lives, by Daniel Fusco, at the Patheos Book Club here. Elizabeth Kubler Ross once said “I’m not ok. You’re not ok. But, it’s ok.” In a similar vein, a Jewish proverb notes that everyone should have [Read More…]

Power Made Perfect in Companionship: On The Power of the Cross

[The post is part of a conversation on the new book The Power of the Cross, now featured at the Patheos Book Club.] I am appreciative of Tony Evans’ meditation on the cross of Jesus. His approach is clear and represents one of many possible pictures of the saving grace of God’s suffering love. The [Read More…]

Let the Children Come to Me: On “Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Questions from Children Around the World”

(This post is part of the Patheos Book Club on Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Questions from Children Around the World.) One of my favorite scriptures is Mark 10:13-16: Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, [Read More…]

Grace Sufficient for Every Need: On ‘The Vulnerable Pastor’

Book Review: The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry By Mandy Smith As I read Mandy Smith’s The Vulnerable Pastor, my spirit turned to the words of the Apostle Paul: “God said to me ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ So, I will boast all the more [Read More…]

When Jesus Shows Up: A Response to James Stuart Bell’s ‘Encountering Jesus’

God is present everywhere, inspiring everyone, all the time, and every so often we notice it. Revelation is natural and built into reality in all its dimensions, both human and non-human. Accordingly, I affirm with James Stuart Bell and those he invited to share their stories that when Jesus is experienced, that experience can change our [Read More…]


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