Who cares about labels when someone is slapping you in the face? Who cares about labels when someone is saving you from drowning?
'What did you do on your summer vacation?' Even now students may be answering that question in essays at the start of this new school year. No matter what you did or where you went this past summer, it was almost impossible to escape the heaviness of the headlines.
There is a common saying that learning in medical school is like trying to drink water from a fire hose. Throughout my first few weeks of classes, I w...
Scripture once offered five answers to good and evil, but only two of them made it into the Bible as we now know it. The other three were cut as an accidental side-effect of bookmaking technology.
The tragic death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has focused the nation's attention once again on issues of justice related to the use of fatal force by police, especially against unarmed black men.
Today, God hears the cries of those in Ferguson and all who are oppressed. As in the story of the burning bush, God sees, hears, and knows their pain. God also acts in the face of injustice and demands the end of oppression.
Deuteronomy calls us to let our land lie fallow in the seventh year, to break from planting and harvesting, and to let go of debts -- a sabbatical (shmita) year. Is this the summer storm before a season of joy and bounty, happiness and equity?
Why aren't we in the church leading this charge? Ought not we who have received the grace of God to participate in God's restorative work live out our devotion to God by our healthy lifestyles?
The frustration and disbelief, rage and disappointment, resignation and passion I heard moved me. But even more convicting was the fact that so many others were simply unaware of this event at the moment and unfazed by its repercussions.
We may find it frustrating, but the relationship status between the Bible and sexual wisdom reads, "It's complicated."
Mark Driscoll should take some of his royalties and hire a full-time prophet. Not a friend but an opponent. Not a pushover but a person of incisive intellect. Maybe not even a man but a woman. Someone like Deborah, who exercised enormous power among Israel's early judges. Like Huldah, whose prophecies led to intense reform.
It's hard to know which should make us more afraid: the notion that the human being or God is the absolute master of history. It is difficult to decide in the name of which of these attitudes more blood has been spilled, or which is more likely to destroy the world first.
Perhaps it's time we tossed the felt cutout of Jesus and started treating him as a real person with a real personality. With fresh eyes, let's give him a look.
The debate over the large-scale migration of children from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico has characteristically devolved into political theater. The evidence builds regarding the dangers that have driven the children's flight.
Joseph's is a story of family strife, forgiveness, reconciliation, providence, provision and humility. After two encounters with their brother (who has assumed an Egyptian name and remained incognito), Joseph's brothers return to Egypt seeking pardon from the Pharaoh's vizier.
If we succeed in building these roads, "the presence of God will appear" (Isaiah 40:5). Emerging from the tragedy of this war, we can -- and we must -- focus on creating the paths that will allow the divine presence to return.