One of my favorite names for God is “the Eternal Num-Num.” There’s a lot that I love about God included in this term. On one level, the meaning is pretty obvious: God is an eternal source of nourishment for us, a true “num-num” for the soul. “Taste and see that the Lord is […]Read more "The Eternal Num-Num"
About a year ago I came up with a list of the 10 worst doctrines in church history – the 10 beliefs that I feel have caused the most harm in the name of God, and have done the most damage to the reputation of God and the church. Briefly stated, the 10 doctrines […]Read more "“Our Mother in Heaven?”: Why God Needs to Be “She” as Well as “He”"
I’ve been hearing a lot about the “finished work” of Christ lately. Jesus took care of everything on the cross, a lot of Christians are saying. Because of this, we can rest in God’s love and know that everything is good, that we’re already reconciled to God, that there’s nothing more we need to […]Read more "“Not Everyone Who Says Lord, Lord”: Why Holiness Matters"
Heretic. Blasphemer. Apostate. If your experience is anything like mine, you’ve probably been called at least one of these at some point in your life. But how should we respond to such labels? For some, being seen as a heretic or blasphemer or apostate is one of the worst fates they could endure; others […]Read more "“Have I Gone Too Far?”: Heresy, Blasphemy, and Apostasy Defined"
Is there consciousness beyond (physical) death? My experiences suggest there is, but there’s no way I can be certain. Perhaps one day I will know for sure. Perhaps not. I recently received some clarity, however, on what might await us after death. One night earlier this week, I awoke to find God speaking to me […]Read more "“I” Am Not Real"
The spiritual life is a mystery. Indeed, the relationship between body, mind, heart, soul and spirit (and the degree to which these depend on one another) isn’t something we’ll likely ever understand completely. For those who have eyes to see, however, there are many clues in the natural world. Recently, I came to see […]Read more "The Squirrel, the Acorn, and the Tree: A Metaphor for the Life of the Spirit"
In an earlier post, I talked about the struggle to understand truth in a world of deception and misinformation. I described my main sources for spiritual reflection (Scripture, human traditions, and personal experience), and concluded that in Jesus, I have found a center that has proven true time and again. For those of us […]Read more "“What is Truth,” Part Two: Standing with Jesus in an Age of Tyranny and Deception"