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?"