Boundaries are a good thing. I’m adjusting my boundaries on social media, so I have better chances to learn from others, and to minimize the emotional arguments that so often pop up.
What if the very time we’re supposed to mourn with those who mourn is when we’re rejoicing over the very thing they’re mourning? Or the very time we’re supposed to rejoice with those who rejoice is exactly when we’re mourning the very thing they’re rejoicing?
It’s a really basic question – and therefore worthy of some attention. Some quotes, and then my own thoughts.
I added nine more books to the Reading List page today. Check that page for full details.
“How God Sees Women” is a stunningly solid exegetical analysis of the topic of complementarianism – the idea that God designated men as the authority and rulers in the kingdom, and that women are not authorized to lead or teach, specifically in the church, but (some believe) also in any public sphere.
A few weeks ago, a supermarket in Buffalo NY was the scene of a mass shooting. A few days later, another horrific shooting incident occurred in a primary school in Uvalde TX. Ever since the spate of police shootings and brutality erupted into the news in 2019 and 2020, I’ve been reexamining my position on gun rights and laws, and these recent incidents prompted me to spend some time considering the situation. Since it’s timely, I thought it was worth addressing school defense here on my blog.
Faith isn’t just carrying around someone else’s bucket of old dusty relics; faith is doing the hard work of examining each one carefully to see which are worth keeping.
For Pride Month, I was wrong about LGBTQ grooming. I’m not proud of my particular Christian heritage: it’s been revealed as unloving. But I am deeply proud of my Savior who challenged His culture in how He loved the unlovely, the outcast, the sinner, and the oppressed.
Taking Native American land and life to secure European refugees the ability to worship God freely is deeply enshrined in the Christian Nationalism view of American history. But that seems to run counter to the nature and actions of God described throughout the Bible.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for me in this season of my life is that faith itself is not static. We’re being called to go “further up and further in” – as God reveals more to us, our understanding of faith and doctrine must be free to expand and grow.