Friendship is for Those Who Fear

One little phrase from David sums up this strange relationship we have with the love of God. The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him. Love is only for the frightened. Camaraderie is reserved for those who are willing to be weak. Jesus can only be our homeboy if we are scared…

‘Tis the Season to Remember: God is For Us

I remember being in college listening to a super-spiritual professor tell us all about the church calendar. I could not believe somebody could find it in themselves to become genuinely ecstatic about the rhythm of the church, but there he was, almost squealing with joy over the idea of words like Maundy, Pentecost, Holy Names,…

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 stubborn and God is love.

Is God defined by love or love defined by God? Over the past month or so, we have been tracing out one of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s more challenging statements. He wrote: That is the first commandment, the entire gospel. “Fear God”- instead of the many things which you fear. This is a dangerous statement. How can…

The Dawn of Religionless Christianity

If I am being perfectly honest, I admit I cannot stand clever titles, pithy remarks, or sexy slogans. The important things, the really life-defining truths of our existence on earth cannot be reduced down to a phrase. I have always been on the side of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents. These are the “tree shepherds” in the…