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Results for Judgment

7 Ways I Would Do Christianity Differently
Originally Posted: 09/30/2014 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Faith is a journey, a Pilgrim’s Progress filled with mistakes, learning, humble interactions, and life-changing events. Here are a few things I would do differently if I could go back and start over ... ...

According to the Bible, You Might Be a Christian If …
Originally Posted: 04/16/2014 - 10:59am | Type: Blog

To be human is to be imperfect, and although we shouldn’t glorify sin or purposefully live in sin, we need to be careful about labeling others at “heretics,” “unbelievers,” and “sinners.” Because in reality, c ...

There Is No Room for Love In Judgment and Shame
Originally Posted: 03/19/2014 - 6:16am | Type: Blog

I can’t stand how it makes me feel to judge and be judged. And I can’t stand how often it’s directed at women and men who live on the brink with their children churning in and out of poverty. ...

Where Are the Referees?
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 3:47pm | Type: Blog

Without referees (judges, umpires, arbiters, monitors), much of life would be a chaotic ordeal dominated by cheats, bullies, and dirty players. As a bizarre and ungainly conferen ...

Who Are We to Judge?
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 10:44am | Type: Blog

We all make judgments every day, decisions about what we think is best to do in the various circumstances of our lives. Being judgmental is a very different thing. One of my favor ...

Pope Francis on Gays Reveals a House Divided
Originally Posted: 08/01/2013 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

I continue to be impressed and pleased by the direction this pope seems to be taking. And the very fact that he has broken rank with the traditional Catholic teaching about homosexuality is, within his own par ...

What Jesus Didn't Say
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 7:30am | Type: Blog

Rather than telling people caught in desperate sin how far their sin has removed them from God, why not invite them to come to worship? Think of how much difference there is between saying “Stop being such a s ...

Luke 15:11-32, Migration, and our Prodigal Public
Originally Posted: 03/05/2013 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

While the parable of Luke 15:11-32 is about many things (and it is filled with countless lessons), one can argue that it is about the restoration of community through radical hospitality. ...

I Hate Loving Mark Driscoll
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 10:53am | Type: Blog

It’s not my job to discern the nature of Mark Driscoll’s character, though I do feel compelled to name destructive, mean-spirited behavior when I see it. But to attack him personally is to, as Paul decries, be ...

Sometimes It Hurts; A Sermon on Healing
Originally Posted: 09/12/2012 - 8:13am | Type: Blog

You just can’t look at the cross and think “Wow, good thing Jesus did that for the people we’ve identified as being the problem around here.” The healing love of God poured out through the death and resurrecti ...

What Are Our Foundations of Morality?
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

During this election time, we have come to expect the rhetoric to replace reason and civility is a term that has no place in our discourses. Our disagreements are often not cognitive disagreements, but differe ...

Sin and Chewing Gum
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

What drives so many people to atheism is not selfishness or hedonism, but the experience of abandonment in the face of suffering, grief, and injustice. Yesterday, I was walking th ...

God Told Pat Robertson Who the Next President Will Be (But It's a Secret)
Originally Posted: 01/04/2012 - 5:18pm | Type: Blog

In an appearance on his "700 Club" program Tuesday, while Iowans were heading to their caucuses, Robertson, the 1988 Iowa Caucus runner up, told viewers that he had a long conversation with the Almig ...

Judgment
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kathleen Hirsch I cannot tell you why I taste death; the cupboards are reasonably arranged, the windows clean as rain ...