Category Archives: God is like

God Suffers with Us

So there You are, standing beside me, wringing Your hands. This idea is supposed to comfort me. I am told this is the theology of the cross. Fleming Rutledge says “The New Testament presents us with not two but three … Continue reading

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Why I Am Becoming More Christian

What could cause a human being, previously a worshipper of the unitary, monotheistic I AM, to write this: God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live … Continue reading

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Always Quiet House

This is existence – my existence: the fragile, dispersed family. Work. Activities and friends, dear ones, at church. At other times there have been social-justice actions – always modest, never self-sacrificial. There are hours and hours of isolation, and I … Continue reading

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Places

Sometimes, in stories, there’s a haven. It can be physical, like Mr. and Mrs. Beaver’s house in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and Hannah’s cottage in The Witch of Blackbird Cove. Or it can be emotional, like Fezziwig’s … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 4

If Matthew 25:14-30 is a simple narrative about the world, what makes it a parable? In  a parable, one thing stands in for another. It seems to me, offhand, that in all parables, the Man With Resources is a stand-in … Continue reading

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The Faithful Techno-serfs, part 1

I’m hoping that this sentence is sufficiently dull. I want to make sure that my blog does not fall into the trap of beginning each post with a cheesy hook. You know: draw the reader in by beginning in medias … Continue reading

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Beside Me

Sit with me. You understand You’re second best. You won’t answer no matter what I say. There used to be someone who would answer. My childhood bedroom was in the front of our little ranch house. My windows looked up … Continue reading

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Someone with Me

God is with me. No. Jesus is with me. Well, no. But I imagine that he is. The reality is, I am missing someone terribly. A human being. I am mourning for a life that is over. So I imagine … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 2

The use of the emphatic pronoun αυτοϛ is as if a 65-year-old man met his 38-year-old daughter in a neighborhood of Leominster, Masssachusetts, and stood on the sidewalk with her, considering a house. “Very nice,” he said, “Very pleasant-looking house. … Continue reading

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Beatitudes: What You Want, part 1

Bill Mounce says that the emphatic third person pronoun in the Beatitudes, αυτος (pronounced ow-tahss) means they alone. The nuance of αυτος is that they alone will receive the blessing… Jesus is not saying that those who mourn, among others, … Continue reading

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