Don’t Be Afraid! God is not Safe. He is Good.

Lately there has been a lot of talk about God’s wrath. Is it really possible that God could sentence people to hell? Is there a never-ending state of misery, pain, wrath, fire and brimstone? One book, written by Rob Bell, called Love Wins answers this question in the negative. God is not about punishment, goes…

Trust Your Instincts? Good Luck. They Stink.

A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.[1] Have you ever met the guy who refuses to either win or lose a debate? The conversation goes something like this, in my experience: The sky is a shade of fuchsia (which also happens to be…

Bonhoeffer’s Death and a Different Kind of Heroism

This is the end, but for me the beginning.   These were the last words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, as he faced his death sixty-six years ago today. As a young man, he published a dissertation that the great Swiss pastor Karl Barth called “a theological miracle”. In the midst of the Second World War, Bonhoeffer…

One Less Thing to Feel Guilty About

God is love. That is good news because we need real love from God. Instead of defining God by our feelings, our emotions, our definition of love, we need to step back and let God define love.   But before we do that, I want to say one word about emotions. Emotions are natural. Jesus…

God is Love? An idiot can tell you that.

Have you noticed that we tend to throw the word love around a bit? We will apply this word love to just about anything. We love our cleaners, we love our cars, we love our coffee, we love our detergent, we love our restaurants and some of us even love our jobs…sometimes… And while we…

Permission to Speak Freely: Done.

Go right now to Google and do a search for images on boldness. What did you find? A lousy quote by Thomas Jefferson? Some dude scaling a mountain for an unknown reason? A guy with a tattoo on his neck? A tiger? A pithy sentence telling you to “be yourself?” A dumb statement written in…