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What Forgiveness Is

August 4th, 2015 / 5 Comments

In my previous essay, I talked about what forgiveness is not. Now let me talk about what it is. As I write this, I’m aware that I can’t cover all topics related to forgiveness. And I’m aware that I speak primarily from my own experience, aided by my interpretation of the wisdom found in Scripture, […]

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What Forgiveness Is Not

August 1st, 2015 / 12 Comments

A series of painful events in my life have me pondering anew the meaning of forgiveness. Family and friends have also asked for help as they struggle to forgive those who hurt them. I want to share some ideas I’ve found helpful in my own efforts to forgive in the midst of pain. An impressive […]

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Ten Lessons of Love

July 27th, 2015 / 3 Comments

I spoke at The Table church about what has been happening in my life and at Northwest Nazarene University in recent weeks, months, and years. I tried to share my testimony in terms of ten love lessons I have been learning. The full talk/sermon was recorded as a video (thanks, Hal Paul), and you can […]

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My Response to NNU Announcements

June 26th, 2015 / 34 Comments

With the recent Northwest Nazarene University announcements from the Board of Trustees and the report from the team assigned to review recent layoffs, I thought it would be wise to make a statement in response. I made a video response. Click the black rectangle “Statement from Thomas Jay Oord” to access it. The text in […]

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Must Adam Be a Historical Person?

June 22nd, 2015 / 12 Comments

In his new book, Saving the Original Sinner, Karl Giberson looks at how Christians have understood the Bible’s first humans. The range of understandings may surprise many readers. What the range means for Christians today might be even more surprising. Many Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians worry that without a historical Adam and Eve, the Christian […]

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Ways to Think about Providence

May 25th, 2015 / 7 Comments

Christians have many ways to think about how God acts in creation (providence). Each way has implications for making sense of life in light of God’s love, power, and other attributes. But some ways are better than others. In my forthcoming book, The Uncontrolling Love of God, I identify seven models of providence. Among them […]

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The Risks of Love and Life’s Big Questions

May 7th, 2015 / 9 Comments

A few weeks ago, I was asked to give a public lecture on a complex set of subjects: evolution, evil, and Christian theology. As I prepared for my address, I thought about the importance of seeking plausible answers to life’s biggest questions. And I pondered the risks involved. Northwest Nazarene University’s science and religion club […]

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NNU Students Go the Extra Mile

May 1st, 2015 / 2 Comments

My spring semester undergraduate class at NNU explored the topic of love. We looked the theology, philosophy, science, and practice of love.  And I challenged them to love extravagantly! In addition to reading, lectures, films, and other class material, I challenged my Love Class students with a special project. I asked them to go the […]

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Key Themes in Renovating Holiness

March 17th, 2015 / No Comments

I am so encouraged by the conversations the new Renovating Holiness book is sparking! Discussion groups, pastors’ retreats, online communities, Sunday school classes, reprints in periodicals, and more are fueling this interest in embracing holiness anew. The Renovating Holiness book brought together 100+ Millennial and Xer leaders in the Church of the Nazarene. The nearly […]

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