A Salty Gospel

Salt, strictly speaking, remains salt.  It doesn’t lose its saltiness like someone loses his hair or a tan fades when summer gives way to fall and then winter.  Salt loses its kick when it’s adulterated. Mixing salt with something else diminishes its ability to season and to preserve food.  Adulterated salt performs like the inferior…

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Does God Care If It Hurts?

Bad things happen.  Really bad things.  We human beings do wretched things to one another.  Nature hands out human suffering indiscriminately.  Misery follows in the wake of droughts, famines, earthquakes, and tidal waves for the young and for the old, for the kind and for the vicious. Tragedy, loss, and senseless suffering can grind faith…

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Is the Bible True?

Conversations about the Bible can get pretty nasty these days.  In fact, the word “conversation” fails to describe the kind of contemptuous name-calling habits I’ve witnessed.  Progressives refer to conservatives as “literalists” or “fundamentalists.”  For the most part this is code for ignoramus and bigot.  Conservatives respond more bluntly.  They favor words like “revisionist” and…

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God Lets Go and Lets Us

The message of the bumper sticker “Let Go and Let God” used to resonate with me.  That’s probably because I’m a recovering achievement junky. That simple phrase—let go and let God—suggested to me several principles that still guide my life and return me to sanity when I relapse into trying to justify my existence with…

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The Church, the Poor, and Social Justice

A few months ago the Fox News commentator Glenn Beck stirred up controversy in religious circles. He told his viewers to flee their congregations and to find a safer ecclesiastical haven if they hear the words “social justice” from church leaders. In a nutshell, Beck suggested that the Church is not in the business of…

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