September 21, 2020

Another Look: Our Relational God

Another Look: Our Relational God This Sunday upcoming is Trinity Sunday, the day that bridges the two main divisions of the Church Year. We have been walking through the life of Jesus from Advent to Pentecost since last November. Now, we begin the days of “Ordinary Time,” when we live out the faith daily as […]

Tuesday with Michael Spencer: The God of Job’s Complaints

Tuesday with Michael Spencer The God of Job’s Complaints (2008) Job 10 ‘I loathe my life; I will give free utterance to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul. I will say to God, Do not condemn me; let me know why you contend against me. Does it seem good to […]

On Conspiracy Theories as Gnosticism

Conspiracy theories are a lot like Gnosticism. They claim that only an enlightened few know what is actually going on in the world and what almost everyone else knows is a lie; that the knowledge available to the average person on the street is unreliable The true believer who spreads these conspiracies is like the […]

Richard Beck on God’s Power

Richard Beck on God’s Power From God’s Omnipotence: Part 6, Beyond a Marvel Imagination of Power …[W]hen we speak of God being “all powerful” we should not think of God being the Biggest Power within the universe. God isn’t a superpower. If I could wade into some nerdy waters, an illustration from the Marvel comic […]

Wednesday with Michael Spencer: “That’s my trash can in the corner, and what you’re smelling is what I finally threw out.”

Wednesday with Michael Spencer That’s my trash can in the corner, and what you’re smelling is what I finally threw out. (2009) I believe what Christians believe. It’s what my life is founded on. My Christian faith is like a map. It tells me where I am, who I am, where I’ve been, where I’m […]

Another Look: Surd Evil, Serpents, and the Cosmic Battle

Note from CM: I expressed some of the most important developments in my thinking about creation and life in this world in this post back in 2010. I continue to find it relevant, and never more than in these days through which we are living. • • • Another Look: SURD EVIL, SERPENTS, AND THE […]

Is God saying something to us?

Seen on Facebook this week: • Hear it again: “God allows trials to come our way to get our relationship back in tune with Him in order to keep us from eternal calamity.” Is that what God is saying to us in these challenging days? Is a text from 2 Chronicles a word from heaven […]

Another Look: Are We More Gracious than God?

 Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. • 1 Peter 4:8, NRSV Love…keeps no record of being wronged. • 1 Corinthians 13:5, NLT • • • This is not meant as a formal theological analysis of the meaning of the atonement. It’s more like street-level questioning of […]

Monday with Michael Spencer: Standing on My Own Trap Door?

Monday with Michael Spencer Standing on My Own Trap Door? (excerpt from Nov 2008) I can’t recall the author but I once read someone who portrayed evangelical Christians as people using all their abilities to get other people to agree to evangelistic sentences. The sentences mattered very much; more than almost anything else. Correctly worded […]

Three Kinds of Grace

I like charts; they capture information in a way that allows clear comparison and contrast. Here is one I drew up regarding grace: Curious for your feedback on this. In particular, is libertine grace similar to what Bonhoeffer called cheap grace? When I wrote this I was not thinking of that, but on reading Bonhoeffer’s […]