The idea that life could get better strikes some as naïve. With recent elections, wars and their chaotic aftermath, looming ecological disasters, and more, it seems absurd that things can get better. Some even say things inevitably getting worse. I disagree. The Pessimists Pessimists will admit that improvement of a certain sort can be made. […]Read More
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Guest Post by Olav Bryant Smith In the movie The Last Samurai, Katsumoto comes to his family’s garden and looks at the cherry trees planted there. “You could spend your whole life,” he says, “looking for the perfect blossom.” We experience lots of “perfect” moments under the specific conditions that exist at a particular time. […]Read More
Guest Post by Michel Weatherall It is simple: God’s love trumps God’s power. But what does that really mean? What are the real implications? It means we need to give up a lot. It means we must be willing to let go of many known sacred certainties. Thomas Jay Oord’s book, The Uncontrolling Love of God, […]Read More
Many Christians believe Jesus never fails. But that’s not what scripture says. Our acknowledging that Jesus sometimes failed can help us make sense of life and live more abundantly. Jesus Cannot Heal All One my favorite examples (among others) of Jesus failing is his attempt to do miracles in his hometown. The people of Nazareth […]Read More
Amos Yong’s new book, Renewing Christian Theology: Systematic for a Global Christianity, is simply excellent! Yong is among the leading Pentecostal theologians at work today, if not the leading Pentecostal theologian. The breadth and depth of his theological work is, as far as I know, unparalleled. In this book, Yong uses a broader moniker, however, […]Read More
“We are children of an all-powerful God,” Marco Rubio told an Iowa audience recently. “Everything that happens is a part of His plan.” I think Rubio is wrong. In his campaign speech, Rubio said he has been asked about God in light of terrorism. People wonder, “Where was God on 9/11? Where was God in […]Read More
Most theologians would say “yes.” I say “no.” If current reports are correct, ISIS planned various attacks in Paris that killed more than 100 people and injured about 500. An attack occurred in Beirut, and other acts of terror have been committed. The death, pain, and suffering are immense. Those like me who believe in […]Read More