The author of 2 Samuel says that Yahweh caused David to sin by taking a census of his military personnel (2 Sam 24:1) while the author of 1 Chronicles attributes this temptation to Satan (1 Chr 21:1). It is clear that the author of 2 Samuel had no problem accepting that Yahweh was capable of… via […]Read more "Re-post: “Satan or God: Who Tempted David to Sin? – Greg Boyd”"
Not too long ago, I asked my senior students to describe the relationship between belief and behavior. As I was reflecting on their written answers, a question kept popping up that I later asked them. Here’s the question: does behavior follow from belief, or does behavior display belief? Splitting hairs? I don’t think so. I […]Read more "Belief and Behavior: What’s the Relationship?"
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce Being a teacher is a remarkable experience. Hard? Absolutely? Enriching? Absolutely. Often, I find that my students teach me […]Read more "Two Options in the End"
Have you ever had the opportunity to stop, remain silent, and simply observe the world around you? Our world is so busy. But, for what? There is a mad dash towards something. By the looks of culture, I’m not sure anyone really knows what the “something” so desperately pursued. Some run after wealth finding no amount […]Read more "What’s the Rush?"
“Weeping may last for the night; but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 The daily liturgy of nature includes a remarkable truth. On the eastern horizon, right before the first light of day stretches its’ arm beyond the horizon, the darkness is deepest. It’s the point of night where the sun had been gone […]Read more "Joy Comes in the Morning"
I’ve associated myself with Jesus most of my life, yet is seems that despite the length of time I’ve “known” Jesus, I am still learning and re-learning what it means to follow Jesus. I struggle hard against the concept of not looking down the road, trying to decipher what lies beyond the fog. I would […]Read more "The Fog Ahead"
I know I’ve written on this before, but this is a consistent theme for me. Evidence for personal pride is rampant, and none more exuberant than my use of my tongue. I’m confronted with this concept everywhere I turn. What St. James wrote those centuries ago still applies: the tongue is a restless evil, who […]Read more "Silence and Humility"