The Intimacy of Faith

The Gospel of John is often regarded as a very “spiritual” text, perhaps even an abstract, theological text.  Some think it was included in the canon largely because it made claims about Jesus that other Gospels did not, claims that had become important to the Church, such as Jesus being God and stuff.  This, in turn, creates the possibility of …

Faith in Doubt, Doubt in Faith

Qohelet, the primary voice of Ecclesiastes, has a penchant for hedging.  There is no profit in wisdom or foolishness – the wise and the foolish will both die alike – but it’s probably still better to be wise.  Ultimately, God is inscrutable, but we should probably honor God anyway.  Is this capitulation to the common wisdom that Qohelet spends so …

What I Meant to Say Was…

On Sunday, I was highly critical of Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Dallas, as well as others of his ilk that are famous for their criticism of homosexuality.  You can read my comments here, but the main point was that any ethical stance must risk something.  This follows from Jesus’ claim in John 15:13: “No one has greater …