“Why” questions are seldom helpful, but we also can’t just dismiss them. Maybe there’s another way.
When I say “alcoholic,” what do you think of? Many jump immediately to the harshest stereotypes, and this often does more harm than good.
To receive the message of Hebrews, we have two important tasks: (1) learn about the author’s culture, and (2) take a good hard look at our own. This week’s mention of creation invites us to do both.
Have you ever been told “God won’t give you more than you can handle”? Feels a little condescending, right? This expression doesn’t truly come from the Bible, but the verse it distorts may provide us with better ways to help.
This Lent, the Bar Chaplain blog will feature a series of articles on moderation and drinking safely. This first post features a crucial tip for people choosing to drink in moderation: always keep count.
When I lower my voice and say, “Luke, I am your father,” what do you think of? If I adopt a sophisticated tone and say, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t … Continue reading Meanings and Memes
I start every morning the same way: Around 5:30am, the initial fanfare of Europe’s “The Final Countdown” sounds through my cell phone. I silence it and pull myself out of … Continue reading Slow Coffee: How and Why I Became an Insufferable “Morning Person”
The tough part about this one is I really do believe in a better place, but knowing about a better place doesn’t mean we can’t still grieve.
For many of our conceptions about God we are unable to express, and many things we express but do not have the strength to conceive. —John Chrysostom, “On the Epistle … Continue reading Mystery
“God is in control” could mean several different things, and none are that helpful. What if we focused instead on God’s comfort?