Category Archives: Mercy of God

TGIF

Thank God It’s Friday! It’s funny how often we say that phrase and its famous acronym on the other 51 Fridays of the year, and how rarely we apply it to today, the Friday for which we ought to be … Continue reading

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WTF Part 5: Harsh Jesus

Last time, we talked about some parables where Jesus seems naïve at first blush, but upon closer examination, the stories provide profoundly comforting messages about the generosity of God and the openness of the Kingdom of Heaven. If only all of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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WTF Part 3: Is God Mean?

Sometimes, it seems like God has a sizeable mean streak. Not only when She won’t give us the snazzy stuff we feel like we need, or won’t instantly heal our infirmities, prevent our genocides or divert hurricanes away from our … Continue reading

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Wednesday Thursday Friday? (Part 1)

My 17-year-old daughter doesn’t spend a lot of time in the church these days, but she still has a favorite Bible passage: 2 Kings 2:23-24: From there Elisha went up to Bethel. As he was walking along the road, some … Continue reading

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Baldy’s Thirst Birthday

On August 25, I say goodbye to my early 40s, and I’m not super happy about that. So I’ve decided to postpone Age 45 by donating my upcoming birthday to a worthy cause – and you can help. About this time … Continue reading

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The R-Word Part 2

Last time, we began exploring occurrences of the word ‘remember’ in the Bible: God remembering us, us remembering God and God’s promises, us remembering the past and remembering each other in our prayers. And then we came across a few … Continue reading

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‘So’ Lazarus?!?

Over the past couple of posts, we’ve taken a look at the stories of Lazarus in the Gospels of Luke and John – speculating about how they might be connected, finding ourselves decidedly convicted by their content and themes and … Continue reading

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Advent Adventures: Literally? (Part 1)

‘Get on with it, Lord!’ I heard myself praying those less-than-reverent words in the opening days of Advent, as I considered the state of the world – the Paris attacks, the Syrian refugee crisis, the environment, the economy; pain and … Continue reading

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Imagine, Part 2: No Religion, Too

Yesterday, I talked about John Lennon’s classic ballad Imagine, and how it bears a strong resemblance to the last few chapters of Revelation. But I deliberately avoided spending time on my favorite part of the visions of John of Patmos … Continue reading

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The (Other) S-Word, Part 4: Double OT

The (Other) S-Word appears a lot more in the New Testament than the Old, but there’s easily enough Spirit-related material in just the Old Testament to fill a whole book. I barely scratched the surface in Part 3 of this … Continue reading

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