This post contains intense references to self-harm. If you have thoughts of harming yourself, please don’t. Please know that you are not alone. Please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255. A quote often attributed to Camus reads, “Should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?” While there is no evidence to suggest that Camus ever asked this question (for an assertion that it is a false attribution, refer to this article, page 45), it does appear to… Read more

The following is an interview with Tisha M. Rajendra (Ph.D.), author of Migrants and Citizens: Justice and Responsibility in the Ethics of Immigration (foreword by Daniel G. Groody, CSC). The book was just released by Eerdmans. Dr. Rajendra is associate professor of theological ethics at Loyola University Chicago. Here is my endorsement for the book: “Political machines and media outlets bombard us with stories about migrants here and abroad. Though once supposedly hidden from sight, we are confident we now… Read more

Cobain may have been ransacked by Christian moralism, and saw how Christianity had imploded and was used to enslave rather than free people. Read more

I believe it is often easier for those of us in conservative Christian circles to emphasize Jesus’ full deity. Read more

In Luke 8, we find Jesus healing a woman with an issue of blood that has persisted for twelve years straight without end. We also find Jesus raising a synagogue ruler’s daughter from the dead (See Luke 8:40-56). Both the woman and the daughter are beyond hope by human standards. The woman has spent all her resources on trying to stop the blood flow, but to no avail. The religious ruler’s daughter is near death, and later dies. But rather… Read more

Hebrews 4:12 compares God’s Word (logos) favorably to a double or two-edged sword. While God’s Word is not a double-edged sword, it is sharper than such a sword. Now some might take this text as an encouragement to weaponize God’s Word (logos; Hebrews 4:12), or Scripture (graphe; 2 Timothy 3:16). We must never weaponize God’s Word where we use it to demean, condemn or destroy someone else. Rather, we must hold God’s Word like a scalpel. The Holy Spirit does… Read more

Conspiracies are always secretive. As such, it is hard for me to fathom the doctrine of the incarnation as a conspiracy. Read more

Luke 8:26-39 tells the story of Jesus casting out a host of demons from a man. The demons begged Jesus to have mercy on them by not sending them into the abyss, but rather a herd of pigs. The people in the vicinity begged Jesus to leave their region because “they were seized with great fear” (Luke 8:37; ESV). The formerly demon-possessed man—“sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind” (Luke 8:35; ESV)—begged to depart with the Lord. He… Read more

Storms and waters pound states like Florida and Texas while fires rage in the states of Oregon and Washington. They have caused such devastation, destroying anything in their path. Luke 8:22-25 may come as a source of comfort and/or consternation to people facing various dangers and disasters in life. Jesus is found sound asleep in a boat on a lake during a raging storm as his disciples frantically try to cross to land (some of them expert sailors), no doubt… Read more

The dominant outlook on life often appears to be one of wariness, not awareness. What are we often wary of today? Refugees, immigrants, people of other religions, different ethnicities, different orientations? While it is appropriate to be wary of imminent dangers, differences are not necessarily or often dangers. Wariness should not be the dominant impulse of one’s life. Awareness should be. Be aware, not wary. Certainly, consideration of personal and communal safety as well as solidarity are critically important. But… Read more

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