grace and love

The Dilemma of Hell and a Loving God

  God is love, right?  At least that’s a core claim of the Bible and Christians. But in the Bible’s pages, Jesus warned people that God would punish evil. Specifically, he warned people about hell as a punishment for evil.  A loving God who condemns people to hell feels inconsistent, maybe even offensive. Some have …

God and the Realtor: A Christmas Conversation

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (The Bible, John 1:14, NIV)   I was floored, God, when I got your request to help you move your son into …

Wacky Things Jesus Said

  Jesus said some wacky things.  What they suggested was wackier still.   Jesus said some things he had no business saying.  Unless.  You need that word unless.  I have heard people say things they had no business saying…unless…well, unless one particular thing was true.  In other words, you could only say what you just …

Like You (The God Who Suffers)

  He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain… (Isaiah 53:3, NIV Bible)   For you don’t have a Savior who doesn’t understand your frailty, but you have One who has suffered in every way, just like you—but He didn’t sin. (Author’s paraphrase of Hebrews 4:15)   Like You …

God’s Reckless Love

  It was just a game, but I was almost in tears.  My teen child and I were playing a strategy board game, and it was not going well for me at all.  There was my usual grumbling about “bad luck” as my loss loomed near.  Moments from destruction, an impossible piece of good luck …

Nomad

(A Poem Dedicated to a Friend)   The sidewalk slaps ‘neath fraying sneaks As spindle legs press on; She’s on the way to somewhere else, A futile search for home.   And windblown hair that begs for soap Wraps odd her tired face Whose weary eyes scan anxiously For freedom more than place.   She …

The Dance. A Poem

  I see before I’ve time to turn His sagging form, and sign; Will work for food, but we both know It’s cash he hopes to mine.   In seconds, we default to roles, To scripts each knows by heart. And both will be uncomfortable, But each must play his part.   I do not …

What’s Wrong with the Social Gospel?

What’s wrong with the social gospel is the implication that you can have a gospel that is not social.

Kathy Griffin and the Power of Labels

    Labels.   Liberal left. Far right. Fundamentalists. Feminists. Republicans. Democrats. Environmentalists. Illegals. Conservatives.  Blacks. Whites. Calvinists. Charismatics.  Abortionists. Creationists. Evolutionists. Gays.  Christians. Rappers.  Millennials.  Boomers.  Legalists.  Atheists. Muslims.   Labels.  That’s all they are.  Just identifiers.  Markers.  Definers.  Nothing more.   Jesus was having a dinner party with some friends of a friend.  …

Should I feast or should I fast?

One child dies every 10-15 seconds due to hunger-related causes, and 870 million people were suffering from malnutrition in 2012. (Source: worldhunger.org) Within a few miles of my home in Huntsville, AL are dozens of restaurant buffets where I can eat any amount I want. If I skipped a buffet meal and gave the $10 …