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God’s Violence in the Old Testament, Part 3: Possible Solutions

This post is a continuation of my previous two posts. Together they are an excerpt from one chapter of my new book, Making Sense of the … read more

God’s Violence in the Old Testament, Part 2: Possible Solutions

In my last post, I mentioned three categories of violence attributed to God in the Old Testament that leave people scratching their head… read more

God’s Violence in the Old Testament: The Problem

Among the questions I’m most often asked about the Bible is this one: “Why does God seem so loving in the New Testament but … read more

A Way Forward for a United Methodism?

Over the last couple of months, a group of 80 United Methodist pastors have been meeting by conference call to discuss their response to… read more

Assumptions and the Bible

Merriam-Webster defines an assumption as “a fact or statement taken for granted.”  We all make assumptions about a lot … read more

Homosexuality, The Bible, and The United Methodist Church

This week Bishop Martin McLee of the New York Annual Conferences of the United Methodist Church announced that he was dismissing a churc… read more

What If I Missed God’s Will?

(I regularly receive and respond to questions from readers or parishioners.  It struck me this week as I was responding to several … read more

No, Everything Doesn't Happen for a Reason

“Everything happens for a reason,” he said as he reflected upon the terrible events that had occurred in Newtown, Connecticu… read more