A Balm for Guilt and Grief
Scripture is filled with people who fail, sin against God and lose what they love, but it also offers the opportunity of redemption to those who are burdened by their past.
Most film adaptations of books are praised for their faithfulness to the source material, especially with an author as famous and revered as Shakespeare.
What Is the Value of History?
Too often, we fall on one side or the other when discussing history. Either the past was a semi-utopia compared to present day, or it was a nightmare that we’re finally escaping.
In the Garden of Our Hearts
God’s presence means that we should be growing spiritual fruit, but why is this so important and how do we maximize our results?
When Lion’s Mouths Don’t Shut
The Bible says that we are to have faith in God’s power to redeem and transform others, but what do we make of this in the face of a world that seems unforgiving and painful?
The Road Not Taken…Yet
When we feel like we have received a ‘calling’ from God, what do we do if it seems impossible and all the doors are still closed?
What to Do with Angry Prayers
How honest are we allowed to get in our prayers? Is it okay to sometimes get frustrated or even — Dare we say it? — angry with God?
An Honest Assessment of ‘Good’ People
Although they obviously never met, Sigmund Freud, agnostic and slightly demented psychologist, agreed on one point with the eminent theologian John Wesley: people are terrible.
Freud made an admirable, life-long habit of responding personally in letters to anyone who wrote him, even if they were not a fan. Pastor Oskar Pfister was a friend of Freud’s, but he also qualified as a critic. While he agreed with some of Freud’s psychoanalytic philosophies, others disturbed him.
We Who Are Thinking Reeds
As the old hymn says, God moves in mysterious ways, but how often are we willing to trust that fact, or do we attempt to unveil the Lord enigmatic designs?