Is God A Mafia Boss or Is God Good? (Part 2)

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It's my privilege to share the second of three posts written by Dr. Ingrid Faro, Associate Professor of Old Testament at Scandinavian School of Theology discussing the Old Testament view of God. (Click here to read Part 1.) If you've ever wondered if the God of the Old Testament is different than the One found in the pages of the New Testament, this post offers a helpful discussion that references ISIS, Job's "comforters" and Mafia bosses as it explores the question of evil. I'm looking forward … [Read more...]

Overscheduled? Tina’s Tale Is For You

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Recently, I received an email from someone in search of an article I wrote for the now-defunct¬†Discipleship Journal magazine. They couldn't find it online, and wondered if I might have a copy somewhere. It won an honorable mention in the 2007 Evangelical Press Association fiction category, and as I re-read it, it occurred to me that the words of this parable might be relevant to many of us as we jump into the busy routines that go along with this time of year. (I'm preaching to myself here.) … [Read more...]

40+ And The Church / The Sermon Zone

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At a social event last weekend, I ran into C., a woman I used to know when our kids were young. C. and her family were long-time, active members of a well-known megachurch in our area. Her nest had been empty for a couple of years now. C. and her husband were in the midst of relocating from this area to more temperate climes, delayed only by the sale of a home that has languished on the market for many months.I asked C. if she was still attending the megachurch, and told me she and her … [Read more...]

The Saddest Day Of The Year

The Western Wall, once part of the wall surrounding an outer courtyard of the Temple, is all that remains of the Second Temple, and is a place of longing and prayer today.

On this date in 587 B.C., the temple built by Solomon was destroyed by the Babylonians. On this very same date in 70 A.D., the temple rebuilt on that site was destroyed by the Romans.¬†On our first visit to Israel in 2009, my husband and I dropped our bags at our Jerusalem hotel. We were exhausted from a long day of travel, but knew we needed to stay awake for a few more hours in order to combat jet lag. We started walking, no particular destination in mind, and soon found ourselves in … [Read more...]

God Has A Wonderful Plan For Your Life!

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In researching the theme of regret for my book, I learned that a whole lot of us carry regrets about the choices we make as we launch into adulthood. At that stage, we're building our lives via both relationships and educational/career choices. Every time we make a decision to take a step in one direction, we close the door on a number of other options. After all, we can't be in two (or more) places at once.I remember being paralyzed by this notion when I was in my late teens and early … [Read more...]

Faith Unsettled

It was an honor to put my head together with two women with deep faith and a gift for insight (who each happen to have wonderful new books out this summer) for the following post. Jen Pollock Michel kicks things off here, and Marlena Graves wraps things up, and my words are in the middle. I'll clip a bit of Jen's words to launch you - click on the link for the full post on today's Her.meneutics blog. * * * * * * * Like a lot of writers, I read about the writing life. (A little bit of company … [Read more...]

Tied Up In Our Own Preferences

While the contemporary ability to determine one's family size is heralded as a mark of Western progress, that freedom carries with it moral and spiritual responsibility. Some branches of Christendom (most notably, the Catholic Church) have well-documented doctrinal positions about issues of reproductive technology and artificial means of birth control, many in the evangelical world default to silence on the issue of permanent sterilization.When Hobby Lobby and others made headlines for … [Read more...]


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