God’s Relevancy

I Refuse to Cede to Death the Win

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Within days, our eyes and ears and minds and hearts have drawn in far too much smoke and fire and blood and weeping. One event, the bombing of the Boston Marathon, is clearly an act of terrorism. The other event, the explosion at the Texas fertilizer factory, appears to be an accident of terrible proportions. […]

An Epiphany about Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish and Genesis and the Joys of Being a Geek

Friday, January 13th, 2012

As much as I have recently made a case for Advent, and then for Christmas, you might have expected that I would write something about the season of Epiphany, now over a week past. Instead, I’ve been too busy reading about the Epic of Gilgamesh and the Enuma Elish. Well, that and my daughter came […]

Decorating for Advent

Monday, November 28th, 2011

I am decorating for Advent. I am fascinated by those who are decorating for Christmas. It is possible that I am persnickety on this point. I raised (rose?) the ire of some when, a few days back, I facebooked a friend’s facetious post, namely that every time a Christmas tree is put up before Thanksgiving, […]

Rogue Waves

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

The other day, my good friend told me that she’d watched a show about the Rogue Wave Phenomenon. I’d never heard of the things, but wowza. You don’t want to meet one in a dark alley, or anywhere else for that matter. Here are several links to give you an idea about why a whole […]

“It took me a long time to learn…” Mulling Niemöller on 9-16

Friday, September 16th, 2011

“It took me a long time to learn that God is not the enemy of my enemies. He is not even the enemy of His enemies.” The late Martin Niemöller said these words after eight years of concentration camp imprisonment, and friend Kirsten Mebust reminded me of them on a facebook post of hers on […]

“Rarely, will anyone die for a righteous person.” The Impracticality of Jesus’ Death

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The problem I see every day amongst Christians is the inability to find a more practical explanation to those of us who don’t quite understand the meaning of giving up your only son to save a bunch of sinners. Why would anyone do that? And worse: no matter what kind of crook you’ve been your […]

Homesick, Homeless, and Homeward

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

We just returned from two weeks Florida, the children and I. I had been invited to St. Petersburg, to present a few workshops for Presbyterian pastors involved or interested in New Church Development. Now about the time that I confirmed that agreement, I stumbled upon an email I received seven years ago, when the only […]

Of Hitchkins and Christians: Debunking Bunking Faith and Reason

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Recently I read a review of  a new book by Terry Eagleton called Reason, Faith, and Revolution: Reflections on the God Debate.  A very fine survey of his life can also be found here.  The review of this particular volume was so compelling that I ran out and got it, and you should too. Call […]

Where Land and Community and Justice and Promise Meet

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Question: I was brought up being told that God is everywhere, and all powerful, that those who seek shall find, and that it is quite possible to walk through the valley of the shadow of death, while fearing no evil. But this kind of teaching seems incongruous with the idea of holy places, or places […]

To my father, Shalom Proclaimer, on his birthday

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

In my dining room hangs a framed and matted lithograph by William Benson, a now-retired art professor at the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). It is in grey, cream, and charcoal hues. In large capital letters 5″ tall, a be-shadowed word SHALOM asserts itself on a stripe of black, and nestled between the L and […]