the Church, a bride not a whore

The Baptist had preached repentance, but it didn't help. The Church has done the same for two thousand years, and it still doesn't appear to have »

tangible sin, tangible forgiveness

The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

'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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »