If you’ve ever used any sort of GPS mapping device, you’re familiar with the “re-routing…” display. You missed a turn, weren’t paying attention, or perhaps there was an accident or some other slow-down up ahead, and the software re-routes you, seeking to get you to your destination by the best way possible. Sometimes life seems…

One of the (increasingly many) things we don’t like about the Bible is its perspective on “the wrath of God.” After all, isn’t God supposed to be good? Doesn’t the word gospel mean “good news”? And doesn’t the Bible say that “God is love”? How can wrath find any place in all this goodness and…

Ask people what a “church” is, and be prepared to be surprised … disappointed … saddened … perhaps even shocked. What’s a “church”? A society of hypocrites. A social club. An enabler and protector of sexual predators. A useless, vestigial organ from an earlier, more primitive age. A bunch of weirdoes, holy-rollers, holier-than-thou-ers. A quiet…

Are Christ-followers to be for the world … or must we take a stand against it? Like many either/or questions, perhaps the best answer is Yes. The term world can be a tricky one. In the Bible, it can refer to the physical planet, or the realm of creation, or humanity. It can also mean…

We are not “in church” for around 165 hours each week. We call those “non-church” places our “frontlines.” If you’ve been paying attention to the people you encounter on your frontlines, you may well have experienced a sense that there is a great gulf fixed between them and you. They don’t seem to feel a…

Significant life transitions are hard. Even when they are good and desired, they can still have difficult, challenging aspects. That new job you’d been longing for finally comes to you, and now you’re in new territory and maybe wondering if you’re as up for the task as you thought and hoped. Marriage or childbirth happens,…

Transitional times are hard: change is hard. We are moved off our familiar maps and onto new terrain that feels unfamiliar and is often unmapped. Change, even good and desired change, entails loss: to step into the new, we have to say good-bye to the old. That’s a loss. And the appropriate response to loss…

My argument in these last few posts is simple to state and hard to live: God’s Kingdom is non-Darwinian. What I mean by “Darwinian” is a way of picturing, thinking and living that understands life as primarily or solely a constant struggle to survive. Humans are by nature vulnerable creatures who desire above all else…

Above is a second rendering of Edward Hicks’ famous painting The Peaceable Kingdom. I used this picture in my last post as a way to introduce the idea that the kingdom of God is non-Darwinian. The primary focus and orientation of the Kingdom is something other than “survival of the fittest”, winner-take-all competing and “only…

You may be familiar with Edward Hicks’ 1826 painting, The Peaceable Kingdom. One version of it appears as the header for this piece. Based on a passage in Isaiah 11 (“the wolf will lie down with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat … and a little child will lead them”), the…

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