"We live in a time of great racial strife and global conflict. How do we work toward healing, reconciliation, and justice among all people, regardless of race or gender?" With that description of Grace Ji-Sun Kim's new book, I gladly agreed to review it for The Christian Century. Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of … Continue reading Embracing the Other: The Transformative Spirit of Love
In view of Mary's special role as the mother of Jesus, she received a special name in the early church. Theotokos combines two Greek words: Theo which means God, and tokos which means one who bears or who gives birth. So Theotokos means “God bearer,” for Mary quite literally brought God into the world by giving birth … Continue reading Wishing You a “Mary” Christmas
For years my daughter suffered from a cruel demon. It made her too hot, then too cold, then doubled over with violent convulsions, and her howls would often keep us up at night. I tried to hold her and comfort her, but my other children were afraid and stayed as far away as they could. … Continue reading How to Talk Back to Jesus and Win
One afternoon Charlie Brown sinks comfortably into his bean bag chair to watch tv. His sister, Sally, walks up behind him and asks, "We have to memorize a Bible verse for Sunday school..Do you know any short ones?" With his eyes still fixed on his tv show, Charlie Brown replies, "Luke 17:32...'Remember Lot's wife.'" Apparently satisfied, … Continue reading Good Books Looking for a Good Home
With the events of these last few days, I've found it difficult to pray in my own words. "How Do We Respond to This Really Horrible Day?" I read in The Huffington Post, and I've been wondering too, "how can I pray about this really horrible day?" Since I can't seem to do that in my … Continue reading How Can I Pray About This Really Horrible Day?
For many, prayer and action may seem to be at opposite ends of the spectrum. But with the parable of the persistent widow, action and prayer come together.
A friend of mine is excited about the giveaway for Remember Lot's Wife and Other Unnamed Women of the Bible. "What a great idea!" she says. I love her enthusiasm, but frankly, it also makes me uneasy. What if she doesn't like the book after all? And why am I highlighting an out-of-print book anyway, when … Continue reading The Post-Publication Blues (Again): Same Song, Different Key
One day Jesus met a Samaritan woman drawing water from a well, and she became an evangelist and missional example to her people. The unnamed woman reached her neighbours in a way that Jesus' other disciples would not or could not reach.