The Provocative Jesus

Two versions of the same Gospel story, the healing of the Syrophoenician woman's daughter. First, Mark's version: And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. But immediately a woman whose …

When God is rejected

God's love for the world entailed also a love for the nations. The Bible does not shy away from the political overtones of God's ways. But God's desire for the nations has always - without exception - been disappointed. Yes, disappointed - from the very beginning. God's desire was that his people would be "a …

The Unspoken Morality

Viet Thanh Nguyen came to the United States in 1975 as a refugee from Vietnam. He was interviewed last night by Christiane Amanpour on PBS. They discussed the current policy of the United States to separate children from their parents if they enter the US "illegally". After playing a clip of Attorney General Jeff Sessions …

Our Totalitarian Lives

I stand in awe of Karl Barth (1886-1968), generally acknowledged as the greatest theologian of the 20th century and one of the greatest of all time. My awe is not simply at his theological depth and understanding of Scripture; I'm awed at the sheer quantity of what he wrote and published. His greatest contribution to …