faith in faith or faith in Christ

Living in Texas, Christianity here is highly influenced by revivalism and its decision-theology. Even traditions and denominations that reject this belief and practice can't help but be influenced by it,…

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clothed in righteousness: thoughts on moral trauma

War is messy. It is a mess of dirt, sweat, blood, gunpowder, rubble, tears, death, and destruction unparalleled by anything else that comes about by the brute force of humanity.…

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exceptionalism and American Christianity's love of war

American Christianity--especially American Evangelicalism--has a love affair with war, guns, 'freedom,' and the military. Christians in America are historically very supportive of our military, our various interventions around the…

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to the lowly, not the exalted

Where reason is indignant, where our nature rebels, where our piety anxiously keeps us away: that is precisely where God loves to be. There he confounds the reason of the…

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adoption always involves pain

Adding three children to our family through adoption has been one of the biggest blessings our family has ever enjoyed. Sound cliche? I know. It is also absolutely true. So…

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'impossible' grace

"Impossible." All too often that is our human response to the notion that God conveys grace through means like the sacraments. Perhaps, in America, we are too steeped in a…

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pursued by goodness (getting Ps 23 right)

This morning in church we read Psalm 23. There is absolutely nothing even remotely odd about that.  After all, this is one of the most beloved and comforting psalms in…

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morning prayer, Psalm 61

God, hear my cry; pay attention to my prayer. I call to You from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength. Lead me to a rock…

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God working through suffering

God works against evil and suffering. But God, in immense divine power and inscrutable divine wisdom, also works through evil and suffering. - Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge photo credit:…

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heart trouble

All sorrows, all heartaches, all disappointments, all bereavements, and all heart troubles lose their bitterness in the sweetness of the Savior's tender promise: 'I will come again.' -- from…

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