Ever since I was young enough to hear and to understand, I have been told that God is perfect. God can do no wrong. God does not make mistakes. God is …omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. The lessons of God’s perfection have been deeply engrained in my soul. And yet, the more I listen to study phenomena… Read More Is God Perfect or Not?
I wrote this book called Crazy Faith: Ordinary People; Extraordinary Lives. In it, I lift some characters from the Bible and from life and talk about the incredible, crazy faith they had to have had in order to do what they did. What I have come to realize, however, is that crazy… Read More Moses, Crazy Faith, and Waiting for God
There is something beautiful and mesmerizing about ritual, such as that we are seeing as the Roman Catholic cardinals who have processed into the Sistine Chapel, ready to begin the concave that will result in the election of a new pope. The garb of the cardinals, their slow procession, the haunting Gregorian chants being sung,… Read More Ritual vs Reponsibility
A young minister who had been a pastor for about 10 years sat in front of me, tears in her eyes. “I just don’t know if I believe anymore,” she said. “Believe what?” I asked. “In God…and in the goodness of God.” Her tears began to fall freely, and then she began to sob. Her… Read More On the Notion of a Sleeping God
There are some things we just don’t think about. Susan Thistlewaite, Chicago Theological Seminary professor, author and scholar, gives some sobering information in her latest book, Occupy the Bible. She says that we ought to read the Bible from the perspective of the homeless, the hungry, the economically stressed. It was from their perspective that… Read More What Does the Bible Say, Really?