Religion has become something of a byword for many people in this country. It’s not uncommon (even among Christians) to hear someone say they’re “spiritual, but not religious.” Very few Americans want to be identified as “religious” these days. To be fair, a lot of bad things have been done (and continue to be […]Read more "Why “Spiritual but Not Religious” Doesn’t Work For Me"
It’s no secret that Jesus likes to teach with parables. Why, we may wonder, is that? What’s the purpose behind this kind of teaching? In the 13th chapter of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus’ disciples ask Him just that – and the response they get is even more bewildering than the parables themselves! “To you it […]Read more "“To You it Has Been Given”: The Purpose of Parables"
In a recent blog post, I noted that the God I have come to know is not a vengeful God. In response, a frequent flyer on the Reddit discussion boards asked me, “Which God do you know, exactly?” He then gave me the following list of Scriptures: “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but give […]Read more "Is God Vengeful?"
Those who want to follow Jesus should expect persecution. It comes with the territory. As Jesus says in the gospel of Matthew, “A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his […]Read more "Don’t Fear the Reaper"
My understanding of the final judgment has changed quite a bit over the years. As a young Christian, I was taught that we would be judged by God immediately after death, and that the criterion for the judgment was our faith in Jesus. Those who had accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior would […]Read more "Judgment Day – Then and Now"
In the beginning were Sophia and the Logos, and they were one with the Father, and together they were one God. And God said, “It is good to be in community. Let us split into pieces, so that we may have a bigger family.” And God split into pieces, billions of pieces did God […]Read more "An Alternative Creation Story"
What’s the greatest gift of the Spirit? It depends who you ask. For some people, speaking in tongues seems to be the greatest spiritual gift. Some even go so far as to teach that speaking in a previously unknown tongue is the “initial evidence” that a person has received the Holy Spirit – and that […]Read more "The Greatest Gift of the Spirit"