Suffering Through the Prism of Faith

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It’s always a pleasure to host a guest post from the esteemed Peter Wehner, former deputy assistant to President Bush and current fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC. It’s been some time since I’ve published regular pieces myself, but I expect to resume regular posting soon. In the meantime, enjoy [Read More...]

God is Not a Torturer


Imagine three people in a windowless prison cell.  The first is a torturer, the second a prisoner, and the third an observer. The torturer is with the prisoner, doing what torturers do.  He puts the prisoner in the most extraordinary agony a human being can experience.  Horrendous pain.  The prisoner is screaming, writhing, begging for [Read More...]

What if God Really Likes Us?


Some powerful words from Peter Enns: A lot of people have heard of “the parable of the prodigal (i.e., wasteful) son.” Some translations call it “the parable of the lost son,” which is better but not quite there. I prefer “the parable of the jerk loser son.” When the son was still a far way [Read More...]

The Theology of Les Miserables


I cannot think of any work of fiction that conveys the contrast between Law and Grace as vividly and profoundly as Les Miserables.  As a long-time fan of the novel and the musicals, I went to see the movie recently and enjoyed it immensely.  With minor variations, it’s a rendering of the musical, and the musical [Read More...]

Jesus and Harry Potter

Note: the following is a parody of sorts, having a little fun with the fear in some quarters that Harry Potter should lead children toward the occult. It’s grown fashionable in recent years to write books — silly ones like Jesus Potter, Harry Christ, or God and Harry at Yale — that piggy-back on the [Read More...]