This was meant to be about hope. But, on March 15th, 51 people were killed in cold blood. And today, I had to bury a young man
The temptation to hate lies before us, tempting us to give in, to respond with violent anger against those who perpetuate and condone the evil ideology that led to this tragedy.
Instead of viewing sovereignty as God having meticulous control over every little decision and action that occurs in this world. We imagine a God who Loves so completely that He would be willing to give his creation the divine gift of free will. And by giving this gift, essentially restrict Godself.
Where is God in the midst of suffering and evil? They say, "everything happens for a reason"! "God is in complete control," "nothing happens outside his will," "his ways are not our ways," and all that jazz. But, do we really believe that?
Do you feel ready to give up? Have you reached the end of what you can handle? Joy comes...
Augustine, is well known for saying that any interpretation of scripture that does not lead us to Love of neighbour and love of God, is a false interpretation.
If Jesus is who we say he is, then the Gospel must be more then an idea that can be grasped solely by opening the pages of a book.
To believe this statement, is to believe that God is a horrendous monster. That God is the sort of being that would put his 'children' through Hell, in order to achieve some unknown end that we could not understand.
When we say that Gay or Lesbian Christian's can't participate in the full life of the church because they "are actively rebelling against the will of God" what exactly are we saying?
A Christian has no reason to think they understand where God stands in regards to the LGBTQ community, until they welcome LGBTQ people to the table as equals, and sit and eat with them'
A Pondering - A quick thought or random wondering It's not unusual to hear people talking about the 'right' or 'wrong' way to view scripture. Almost as if to say, 'The way I read it is right, and everyone else is wrong.' I personally dont believe that statements such as these are very helpful. Nor … Continue reading A Pondering: Is there a right way to read the Bible?
Can the Church follow Jesus, and NOT commit to the work of Social Justice, and thus the pursuit of His Kingdom?
A Pondering - A quick thought or random wondering We often think of righteousness as being morally pure. You know, don't have sex outside of marriage, don't swear, or dress immodestly, that sort of thing. Yet, in an Essay entitled The New Testament View of Wealth and Possessions, Gordon Fee (A renowned scholar and theologian) … Continue reading A Pondering: What does it mean to be righteous? A reflection on the work of Gordon Fee
A Pondering - A quick thought or random wondering If Jesus' message is only an idea, a way to get to heaven after you die, then it is irrelevant in the face of human suffering If the Gospel is not Good News for the poor, the marginalized and the oppressed, then it is worthless When … Continue reading A Pondering: Is Social Justice the Gospel?
"I do not permit a women to speak..." For many Christians today this passage in 1 Corinthians is one of the most embarrassing, and confusing passages that exist. It's embarrassing because it so out of step with our understanding of equality and the value of women in our culture today. And it's confusing because it … Continue reading “I Do Not Permit a Woman to Speak”: Paul, Misogynist, Feminist or Fool?
A Pondering - A quick thought or random wondering Jesus did not come to found Christianity. He came to bring God's Kingdom to earth, to redeem creation, and save humanity from the power's of the enemy. Yet, Western Christianity has for many years focused on trying to convert people's mind's. In many ways the focus … Continue reading A Pondering: Did Jesus come to make the World Christian?: The Absurdity of Salvation through Right Belief
I was having a chat with my brother the other day, a budding theologian and earnest scholar, and he said something very profound. “The scriptures,” he reflected, “for many people, have become almost like an idol.” The truth of the statement sort of just hit me. It seems that for much of the Western Church, … Continue reading The Bible as our Idol: Has our reverence for the Scriptures gone too far?
A Pondering - A quick thought or random wondering Some people believe that Jesus' death on the cross was necessary to appease the 'wrath of God'. There are many reasons why I believe this to be a twisted understanding of Gods character and the nature of atonement (I take a further look at some of … Continue reading A Pondering: What does the Passover say about the Atonement? Exodus, ‘God’s wrath’ and a story of Liberation
A Pondering - A quick thought or random wondering My studies have recently taken me into exploring the ideas of the church Fathers, with a specific focus on how these early Christians read, used and interpreted the Scriptures. One of the most interesting themes I am noticing is their existed the idea amoung some of … Continue reading A Pondering: What can we learn from the Church Fathers? Why just reading scripture isn’t enough…
A Pondering - A quick thought or random wondering I often speak with Christians who have some fear that science or historical evidence may disprove the scriptures and thus our entire faith will be compromised. Because of this they avoid learning about science, or exploring to deeply into the historical evidence surrounding the Old Testament. … Continue reading A Pondering: What is the real point of the Bible? Why we shouldn’t be afraid of science…