Tag Archive: forgiveness

(Almost) nobody’s perfect

My husband and I own an outdoor party center, and every three or four days during the season you can find me mowing our considerable acreage for about 2 and a half hours… Continue reading

The scandalous cross

It’s like wearing a tiny electric chair on a chain. That’s how a pastor at our church once described the offense of the cross of Jesus Christ. He was talking about how something… Continue reading

What are we to make of this Jesus fellow?

It is a question with an ancient history that continues to have contemporary significance. What we believe about this individual whose life made an incalculable impact on the world, in a very real… Continue reading

Of mercy, and justice

Picture this: Two men are on death row for murder. Both acknowledge their guilt and have resigned themselves to their fate. But when Murderer A unexpectedly receives a pardon, Murderer B is outraged… Continue reading

Judging our Judge

Is God a moral monster because he commanded the slaughter of whole groups of people, including children? Are the records in the Old Testament of God ordering the nation of Israel to mercilessly… Continue reading

Why doesn’t God do something? Part 3

Thursday I continued my reasoning through the reality of suffering and the existence of a good, loving, and all-powerful God. You can read Part 1 here. In Part 2, I argued from the doctrine… Continue reading

It’s not who you are, it’s whose you are

I was raised Catholic by two wonderful, loving, devoted Catholic parents. They took all ten of us kids to Mass every Sunday, and every one of us went to Catholic elementary as well… Continue reading

What about the unreached? Part 3

This matter of how one is saved is like a priceless gem that must be handled very carefully, and that has made me a little hesitant to make truth claims about it. My… Continue reading

Faith that wounds

I’m waxing personal and reflective this month. A few more installments in the series…this is number 11. When you have a strong faith, and you also have children, your greatest desire for them… Continue reading

A heavenly transaction

This is Part 7 of my personal reflection series My quest – 30 years and counting. You can read my introduction here. So there I was, a new creation. Ta da! You know that dance scene… Continue reading

Merry Christmas

We must believe the bad to experience the good

“I’ve got good news and bad news.” Oh, the fearful, suspended anticipation such an announcement tends to create in us. Will the good outweigh the bad, or will the bad totally ruin the… Continue reading

We’re just not that into him

Churches are pretty packed at Christmas. Extra services are planned and extra chairs set up to accommodate those who normally sleep in. Pastors welcome the twice a year opportunity – Christmas and Easter… Continue reading

What if? A Christmas reflection

What if nothing and no one spoke into the void No singular move of intent No reason, no purpose, no call into being No deliberate creative event   What if?   What if… Continue reading

Like the rest of mankind

Us versus them. We’re right; you’re wrong. They’re bad; we’re good. We’re all about reason; you’re mentally insane. There are a lot of lines being drawn these days, lines meant to distinguish the… Continue reading