“Heaven” in the Bible and My Imagination

“Heaven” in the Bible is never used to talk about “where we go when we die.” It usually means either “the heavens” (“the skies”) or it means something like “where God is most present.” Sometimes, because of this, it is used as a roundabout way of saying “God,” as in “kingdom of heaven” meaning “kingdom …

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God’s Good News

There’s a lot of bad news in our world. Poverty, disease, violence, injustice, cruelty, war, famine, fire, flood—each day the news seems to be filled with these things. It’s easy to be discouraged by all this, even to despair for our future. It can also be easy to blame God for it all—after all, God’s …

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An Anabaptist Ecclesiology for a Global Pandemic

I’m convinced that the church is the gathered people of God. In the New Testament, even when the word ekklēsia points beyond local gatherings to the universal church, it still has the idea of “the church that gathers”: followers of Jesus who live together in the world as Christ’s body, God’s family, a new humanity …

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Am I “Satanic” or Just “Unbiblical”? A Guide for My Christian Critics

Dear Christian critic, I occasionally say things that you find disconcerting, even disturbing. Sometimes you accuse me of being “unbiblical,” or of “not preaching the gospel,” or of “heresy,” even of being “antichrist” or (my personal favourite) “satanic.” Those are strong words. However, you do not seem to be using them correctly. So, I’ve put …

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Who’s the “you” in the Ten Commandments?

Who’s the “you” in the Ten Commandments? Or, another way to put it: Who are the commandments for? Who is being expected to obey these commandments? For most Christians, the assumption is that these are universal moral laws: they are for everyone. The “you” in the Ten Commandments is “every person.” This can make a …

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