Leaving the Ninety-nine

“For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice,the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”Hosea 6:6 Jesus quotes this verse twice in the Gospel of Matthew. He brings it out first when criticized for eating with “tax collectors and sinners,” and again when criticized for his disciples eating raw grain…

Sanctifying Emotion

In academic circles broadly, and theological circles specifically, emotion has a bad reputation. There are efforts to shut down feelings so that pure, logical thought can prevail. Today I am saying, “Enough!” People who study theology of the Christian faith base their foundational beliefs in the writings of faith bound…

A Theology of Kindness

I read another defense of rude Christians the other day and only just resisted the urge to pull my hair out. Or scream text a reply. Cringing, I patted myself on the back for my forbearance, and came away asking a question fundamental to the practice of our faith. Why…

How DO you know?

I’ve been pondering the source of knowledge. It is definitely a geek thing, thinking about thinking. It isn’t the first time I have wondered how we know things, or why we believe what we believe. I’m not alone, either. Philosophers and sociologists, scientists with giant clipboards and massive spreadsheets ponder…

When it doesn't make sense

A familiar story has been on my mind today. It happened some time after the resurrection, John isn’t precise about dates. He tells us, though, that the disciples are sitting around and Peter stands up and says, “I’m going fishing.” I like to imagine what was going on in their…

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