What's the big deal about repentance? It is realizing the value of the relationship in front of you and letting go of anything that would be in the way. Repentance is rooted in a radical belief that things do not have to stay this way.
You know how all the Sherlock Holmes stories and all the detective shows on TV included both "good guys" and "bad guys?" Well if we imagined a world with only bad guys committing violence with no good guys to pursue justice, that would come close to the world that Noah inhabited in Genesis 6-9. Noah's … Continue reading Noah and the supporting cast
I think I have to begin this post by giving an account for the mysterious 3-month gap in my writings on this blog. The account I've told myself is that, at the end of the day, blog posts don't put food on the table. (That is to say, my blog posts don't put food on the table... … Continue reading The End of All the Scribbling
I was doing homework at Starbucks last night with my wife. Jesus was being interrogated by the religious leaders. We ate ice cream. He was being flogged. We kissed before going to sleep. He was betrayed and abandoned and mocked. We slept in an air-conditioned room under a queen-sized homemade quilt. He probably didn't sleep at all because of … Continue reading What makes it ‘Good’ Friday?
Sometimes Bible readers see a disconnection between the Old Testament (39 books, largely about God's interaction with ancient Israel) and the New Testament (27 books, largely about God's interaction with Jesus and His followers). The Old Testament appears to be all about obedience and judgment and the New Testament seems to be all about salvation … Continue reading God is not just a detective
This is the second post about Genesis 3:1-21. When I open a newspaper or a news tab on my web browser, the bad news immediately captures my attention. There is more than enough bad news in the world to go around. I read about family breakdowns and homeless rate increases and devastating terrorist attacks. But … Continue reading The good news of Genesis 3
Yossarian looked at him soberly and tried another approach. "Is Orr crazy?" "He sure is," Doc Daneeka said. "Can you ground him?" "I sure can. But first he has to ask me to. That's part of the rule." "Then why doesn't he ask you to?" "Because he's crazy," Doc Daneeka said. "He has to be … Continue reading All that you ever wanted to read about Catch-22