In this crime-ridden and tsunami world;

it is right to be sad about sad things.

         Zack Eswine

Resources for our Skepticisms & Sorrows

Recovering Eden

In the Bible, a book called “Ecclesiastes” gives language to the doubts, sorrows, and questions that challenge us as we search for happiness in life. Let’s take a look together.

Realistic Hope for Those of us Who Suffer From Depression (and those who care for us)

Also, watch this four-part video series

Adam, Eve, Fiction and Non-Christians

How do we preach to a thoughtful person who believes that Adam and Eve are no different than Sponge Bob Squarepants? How do we preach to this kind of person giving them the room to thoughtfully step toward the Bible and do this without the long-term Jesus follower...

Preaching, Noah and the Violence of God

How do we credibly preach about a God who willingly kills men, women and children? This question challenged me this past week as I preached from Genesis 6 and the story of Noah. It challenged me because I know that two dear friends of mine reject the God of the Bible...

Why do people resist how the Flood portrays God?

Why do some of our neighbors doubt the God of the Bible and what responsibility do we have toward them in this doubt? In response to a thoughtful inquiry regarding my post on how we think about the violence of God, I tried to answer this question. How would you...

Preaching, Genocide and Sodom

Thoughtful non-Christians object to a god who seems to commend genocide. Sodom and Gomorrah represents one such account in the Bible. God appears to differ little from a religious terrorist in the eyes of some who read this account. How do we preach such a passage...

Poetry and the Murdered

"What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood is crying to me from the ground." (Genesis 4:10) By poetic language we sometimes learn empathy and gain wisdom for what neighbor love can require of us. Moses writes the historical headline of Abel's death by...

Spurgeon’s Spooks

When trauma finally leaves us its memory stays to haunt us. Here, ministers have no immunity pass. We too must tread the creaked floors. We too suffer nightmares that shriek and push their way into noon. Day-dreams can shiver muscle and bone. Flashback can dizzy us....

The Benefits of Sorrow

"To be cast down is often the best thing that could happen to us." (Charles Spurgeon) It is rarely wise and often unkind to say what Spurgeon says while someone vomits from the chemo, showers off from bodily assault, exit interviews for their lost job, or weeps by the...

Noticing God’s Humdrum Visits

What if I don't see God because I wouldn't know how to recognize him if I did? Visitations in the Humdrum We play "Where is Waldo" sometimes. Waldo hides in his red and white striped cap and shirt on book pages crowded with other noisy characters, busy scenes, and...

Anxiety Ridden, I Minister to Others

Anxieties are agitated things; thoughts that pace the floor, feelings that bite their lips, a right thumb pressing deep into the left hand to push and scrub into the skin. Anxieties found me before I was a pastor. As my Pop says, "I got them honestly." Bouts of...

What Do Love and the Bible Have to Do With Each Other?

Anyone who thinks that they’ve understood the divine scriptures or any part of them, but cannot by this understanding build up that double love of God and neighbor has not yet succeeded in understanding them. (Augustine, On Christian Teaching, 27) Windshield Wipers...
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