Category Archives: Theology

Misfits

To fit in to a group means acceptance, belonging, and community. Every human being desires those things. I’ve always felt that I fit in well with my family and social groups, for which I’m extremely grateful, for those are the … Continue reading

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Squirrels and the Problem of Evil

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My daughter and her husband are dealing with car trouble; one has been totaled – it was admittedly on its last legs – and the other was in the shop. And why? Wait for it….can’t quite believe it…squirrels! Those small … Continue reading

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Three Untold Bible Stories and What They Tell Us About God

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The Bible is God’s Word to us; God is the main character and the Bible tells God’s story.  His supporting cast inhabits about 2200 years of human history starting with the people of Israel and ending with the first century development of … Continue reading

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Four Suggestions for Reading the Bible in 2016

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It’s a good New Year’s resolution: Read the Bible this year.  Maybe you’ve tried it before and haven’t gotten too far, or maybe you’re familiar with the Bible and yet reading it feels like trying to put together a complex jigsaw … Continue reading

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Framing a Stroke – Which Frame?

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How should I look at my experience with a stroke?  My recovery has been excellent, but the truth that I had a stroke still stands.  It’s disturbing. I come face to face with the age old question: If there is a God, … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Disasters Du Jour

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What is today’s disaster du jour?  It might be a genuine catastrophe, like the violent conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, MH17, or vulnerable children at our borders.  Or, perhaps it’s the usual polarized political theater in Washington inciting fear of the … Continue reading

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Don’t Confuse Suffering People with the Problem of Suffering

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Suffering presents us with a theological problem: If God is good and all powerful, then why does he allow people to suffer?  It is a fair question. Here’s another one:  What is the best way to help a friend who is suffering? It is important not … Continue reading

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Fearful Attraction

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I developed a fear of dogs as a toddler after going eyeball to eyeball with an aggressive dachshund in a dark hallway.  (Even a small dog, when its paws are on your two-year-old shoulders, is terrifying.)  Thereafter, unfamiliar dogs would routinely respond to and thereby reinforce … Continue reading

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When God Contradicts Himself

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Let’s face it.  There are aspects of God’s Word that are very confusing.  Some passages are just plain weird and others seem contradictory.  For those of us who believe that the Bible is God’s inerrant word in the original manuscripts … Continue reading

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How do you Slice your Prayer Pie?

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At the risk of irreverent over-analysis, I created a pie chart out of the Lord’s Prayer.   I find the visual representation of the prayer that Jesus taught us helpful as I consider the slices of my prayer pie.  Maybe you will too. … Continue reading

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