It’s a question I’ve heard many times over the years: “Do Christians really need to believe in Jesus’ resurrection?” It is, after all, a pretty difficult idea to accept. And this is not just a modern difficulty—it’s been obvious to humans for a very long time that dead people stay dead. It can also seem … Continue reading Do Christians Really Need to Believe in Jesus’ Resurrection?
It’s the first day of Lent today, that season in the church calendar that leads up to Easter. Which also means it’s the day we all get to hear what particular vice people are giving up for Lent—usually coffee, chocolate, or social media, it seems. I don’t want to sound cynical. I really don’t. There … Continue reading Giving Up Lent for Lent?
I lead an occasional, informal discussion group at our church called “CoffeeTalk.” Each time we gather I remind us that CoffeeTalk is not about the coffee but about the conversation, a conversation rooted in loving others the way we want to be loved, which means doing our best to listen to each other and to … Continue reading “How do we know?” and “Whom do we trust?” Some Thoughts on Experts and Expertise
Over the past six weeks I have been preaching through 1 Corinthians 1-3. I've done narrative preaching before, but in this series that was the focus: throughout the series I told the story of Gaia, a fictional woman from first century Corinth who hears Paul's words for the first time. The story follows Gaia as … Continue reading Gaia’s Story
Okay, forget the theological jargon. Here are a few observations about doing bad things that most people should be able to agree with: 1) Everyone makes mistakes throughout their life. Some seem more prone to this than others. Some of these mistakes are harmless, others cause relatively mild harm. 2) Everyone does something bad at … Continue reading Some Observations on Doing Bad Things
I have been teaching the Bible and writing about Christian theology in various ways, in a variety of settings, for over twenty years now. This has mostly been a rewarding task. I love learning new things or discovering new ways of seeing things, and I love seeing the same light bulb turn on for others. … Continue reading Why I Do Not Cease Teaching and Writing
There are at least seven passages in the Bible where God is depicted as directly permitting or endorsing slavery. Two of these are in the Law of Moses: God permitted the Israelites to take slaves from conquered peoples permanently, and the Israelites could sell themselves into slavery temporarily to pay off debts (Exod 21:2-11; Lev … Continue reading The Bible is clear: God endorses slavery.