Baby Sized Signs

Christmas, for the Western church, is over. (Happy Christmas to Orthodox readers!) The Christmas stories are full of signs and so I’ve been thinking about signs- the ways God makes God’s self and God’s desires known to us. Sometimes God makes a “statement”. Pillars of fire. Parting seas. Obvious signs that we should pay attention. […]

The Holy Innocents

The Bible just never lets us off the hook. There’s no coasting. No relaxing. The church has just celebrated Christmas, with all the familiar, comforting stories. The sweet carols.  Angels and shepherds. And little baby Jesus, sleeping in heavenly peace. Candlelight and lullabies. The Christmas story is sweet and wonderful. It is a tender story […]

Plot Twist

We don’t often talk about plot twists in Biblical texts, but the book of Job has a couple worth noting. Job’s friends are well known for their unhelpfulness. But as unhelpful and annoying as they are, they do seem to accomplish one thing. As Job listens to their assessment of his  situation and their suggestions […]

The Impatience of Job

My plan to post daily, clearly didn’t work out. Nevertheless, we plod on. Job, a long, often boring book. An often a misunderstood book. Sometime people talk about the book of Job as if it contains the answer to the problem of evil. If you read the book, it doesn’t. Evil and suffering are not […]