Posts under "Love and Altruism"

Gender Inclusive Language

October 27th, 2016 / No Comments

It has become acceptable in some circles to ridicule attempts to be “politically correct.” One prime example of such political correctness, say some, is use of gender-inclusive language. Communication Communication is a two-way street.  It involves the communicator’s choice of language and a recipient’s interpretation of that language. Communication occurs in a polis, or what we […]

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Free EBook: The Science of Love (Templeton Press)

October 13th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Madonna, Perry Como, and the Powerpuff Girls sing songs titled, “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round.”  The phrase represents wishful thinking, starry-eyed romance, and sappiness.  To some, it conjures visions of Don Quixote chasing windmills. But that phrase means something else to me. A few theologians suggest that the phrase might tell us something about […]

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Untrustworthy God

October 13th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Kaitlyn Haley I sat in a stiff backed wooden chair; a counselor with kind, generous eyes sat across from me. I felt my back hunching under the weight of the embarrassment discovered when theological theory meets raw human pain and proceeds to shatter the image I had once perceived of God: the […]

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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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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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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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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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Why, God, Can’t You Control this Madness?

June 23rd, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Mike Edwards We all ask “why” questions. Some question why so much evil exists if God truly loves. The problem of evil is one main reason people indicate as why they don’t believe in God. There may not be a satisfactory answer for many, but how we respond to this question can […]

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