Perhaps the most frequent question I've been asked from ordination exams to becoming a pastor who works with college students has been, "What do you think is going to happen to the future of the church with so few young people going to church?"
Last week I had lunch with the pastor of the church where I'm currently the writer-in-residence. I asked him how the three members of the Trinity -- God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit -- decided who was going to have to take on physical form, be born in a barn, and then be crucified.
In times past, most people heated their houses using fireplaces, stoves and coal furnaces. Some people still do. It makes no difference which of these forms of heating one uses, there are always ashes or clinkers to get out of the house and hauled away without leaving a mess behind.
A closer look at the original context of the words of the Bible can help readers see past these translation mistakes, which range from awkward phrasing to misrepresenting such central themes as the Ten Commandments.
I like to think that God is in the Tebow passes. But I am also making the effort to grow spiritually mature enough to know just as surely that God is not the perpetrator of the bad things that happen to us.