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The Love of God in Daily Life

August 26th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jeffrey Wattles Talk about an idea with implications for how we live! If I believe that God—the good, true, and beautiful universal creator; mightier than all others; the only One who exerts might upon all that exists; the ultimate source of might for all others—loves me, then I want to experience this. […]

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Rapunzel’s God

August 23rd, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Nathan Croy The story of Rapunzel describes the inverse relation between faith and fear. Rapunzel is a beautiful young girl who is locked away in a tower. She’s fed a consistent diet of lies about the dangers of the outside world. The lies are told to keep her physically, emotionally, and psychologically trapped. […]

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What Use is God?

August 12th, 2016 / 4 Comments

Guest Post by Robert D. Cornwall What use is God if God can’t or won’t prevent evil from occurring? That’s a question people have been asking for millennia. Theologians and philosophers have done their best to offer answers defending God (the term for this is theodicy), but the question keeps arising. It would be easier if […]

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Flexible Callings

August 11th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jonathan Orbell Allow me to begin with a confession. I often find myself envious of peers whose callings seem clearer than mine. They are budding doctors, lawyers, academics, architects, designers, ministers — the list goes on and on. I admire them; for the surety with which they pursue their vocations conveys a confidence […]

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My Struggle with Uncontrolling Love

August 9th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Jason Newman   We all want to love and be loved. Most of all, we want to believe that God is Love. But as I read through Thomas Jay Oord’s new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God, I found myself struggling. It took me a couple days to figure out why. Oord’s […]

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Second Comings: The Religion of Small Things

August 5th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jay McDaniel (and part of the Uncontrolling Love project) Two years ago I was looking out my window and saw the second coming of Christ. It only lasted fifteen seconds, but was impressive. It came in the form of an action undertaken by my next door neighbor, a fifteen year old teenager named […]

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Superheroes and Fantasies of Power

August 4th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest post by Rick Quinn Sometimes pop culture sandwiches a little personal introspection in between massive helpings of mindless entertainment. In the recent comic book themed movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the antagonist Lex Luthor expresses his antipathy toward Superman in the language of a classical dilemma: How can we call God and […]

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Naming God

August 3rd, 2016 / No Comments

Guest post by Duncan Reyburn I know it may seem a like an odd thing to suggest, but what if having faith might be a bit like having aphasia. Aphasia is a condition causing some people to struggle to communicate. It gets in the way of their ability to use and understand words, but it doesn’t […]

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Perfect Love, Fear, and the U.S. Elections

August 1st, 2016 / No Comments

Thanks primarily to Donald Trump’s rhetoric, some Christians have been quoting the Apostle John lately: “perfect love casts out fear.” I’m no Trump supporter, but I think these words have been misinterpreted. What they actually mean can help us during this election season! To be clear, I think love often takes risks. It often includes […]

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