Does God Show Up? Rethinking ‘God Moments’ and Divine Intervention

Let me say it up front – I don’t believe there is such a thing as a ‘God moment.’ By ‘God moment’ I refer to the phrase that speaks of those episodes when God is said to suddenly ‘show up.’ For Christians, the phrase would normally be used in the context of a church service, meeting […]

God Moments

The Ottawa Shooting, Hatred and Choosing a Better Way

“Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love.” “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder […]


Love is not something God happens to do. It is the one divine activity that most fully and vividly discloses God’s inner reality. Love, therefore , is the very essence of the divine nature. Love is what it means to be God.

Richard Rice
The Openness of God

Life Lesson: Christian Discipleship is Not About Being Smart

Here are two things I’ve come to learn over the past 20 years – 1) Christian discipleship is not about being smart. 2) Two degrees in Christian theology isn’t a one-way ticket to Christlikeness. I realize I may have raised the eyebrows of many of my friends who currently work in Christian academia, but please […]


What’s in your hand?

I love reading the story in Matthew 15 about Jesus’s feeding of the 4000.  The basic premise is that thousands of people were following Jesus (4000 men, plus women and children), listening to Him speak and being healed from various ailments.  After three days had passed, Jesus became concerned because they had nothing to eat, […]

Hand by Teemu Pontelin - Flickr

Church Symbols and Stop Signs: We Need Both

In Eugene Peterson’s book, The Pastor, he highlighted the various stages that went into the construction process of their first church building. For instance, he described how much thought went into the placement of the pulpit, at the center of the building, with the seats all around, emphasizing the centered place that scripture should have […]

Eugene Peterson, church symbols