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The gap between heaven and earth is an unbridgeable one that we’ve been trying to close forever. Between rich and poor, victim and racist, hated and hater. To bridge it will involve forgiveness from both sides. […] Read More

The #metoo campaign has died down, but it has stayed with me. My stories, the stories I’ve read and the stories I’ve heard from people who weren’t ready to share their stories in a public forum all continue to whisper through my thoughts. The ones that are the most difficult for me to hear are […] Read More

The concept of “disorienting times” was the focus of the Arab Baptist Theological Seminary’s 14th Middle East Conference / Consultation (June 19-23), organized by its Institute of Middle East Studies. Highlights from the 2017 consultation are available here. Four themes – Persecution and Suffering; Emigration; Hopelessness and Despair; and Minoritization – were integrated and engaged […] Read More

Philip Yancey is one of those writers who reaches past the normal barriers faced by Christian authors to speak to the pain of a hurting world. He writes in such an engaging, thoughtful and undefensive style that he touches those who wouldn’t necessarily listen to preachers or go to churches – people who like Jesus […] Read More

The challenge of Jesus’ resurrection was the focus on a recent article in America magazine. “Unlike previous communities in which the bond among members forges itself through those it excludes and scapegoats, the gratuity of the resurrection allows for a community shaped by forgiven-forgivers,” Grant Kaplan observed. What he is saying, among other things, is […] Read More

Practically everyone believes that violence is wrong, evil and a huge problem all around the world. We long for peace that is real, lasting and more than just an oasis in a desert of violence. We just can’t agree on what to do about it, what the Bible says about it, or what Jesus’ stance […] Read More

You doubtlessly remember the terrible tragedy that occurred 10 years ago on Oct. 2, 2006, in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. You may not have remembered the name of that small town, but that is where 10 Amish girls were brutally shot in their one-room schoolhouse. Such a horrendous event is unforgettable. Charles Roberts, a local 32-year-old […] Read More

One of the most powerful novels I’ve ever read is “The Brothers Karamazov” by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. In one portion of this classic, the character of Father Zossima tells his fellow monks the story of his brother Markel’s last days. Markel, who previously cared little for God or religion, had a change of heart. […] Read More

A 3,000-year-old question offers an important challenge for Christians today. Coming off a tremendous victory at Jericho, described in Joshua 6, the people of Israel moved on to Ai where the Lord assured them victory as long as they didn’t take any devoted items from Jericho (Joshua 6:18). A man named Achan did not listen […] Read More

One of Jesus’ lasting sayings from the cross is recorded in Luke 23:34. “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” He could have been referring to those Roman soldiers who were carrying out their orders. They were the ones to actually nail him to the cross, and that would certainly […] Read More