Rejoicing in Sea Monsters

Tales about whales, sea serpents, monsters of the deep, dragons, or “Leviathan” have are archetypal stories about the limits of human control and looming chaos. The 104th Psalm describes Leviathan as a creature God created for God’s own joy. It offers us a way of thinking about climate change with the question: What brings God joy? 

All God’s Critters Got a Place on the Earth

For many years, people in the Christian faith have followed a “Dominion Theology,” where nature is reduced as means to serving human ends. The 104th Psalm recognizes how one species often functions that way for another species, but without reducing any part of nature to a simple means to an end. 

The Problem of Wealth

While we have been trained to think of inequality and impoverishment as problems of poverty, what if we viewed them instead as problems of wealth? The 104th Psalm helps us to see a distinction between wealth and abundance. 

Faith in the Midst of Storms

The Sovereignty of God in Wind and Fire

Beyond the Veil

But I Don’t Wanna!

We can’t pick and choose only the easy work that Jesus calls us to do—we must also do the “But I Don’t Wanna!” work. Turning the other cheek when we are hurting, and recognizing when we have hurt someone. Turning the other cheek does not mean ignoring what has happened and continuing to be hurt. God’s justice enables us to confront evil without conforming to it. And when we have hurt someone, God’s justice leads us to do the hard work of reconciliation.

The Complexity of God’s Reign

When Jesus says, “Blessed are you who are poor,” everything we typically think about economics, politics, and faith is turned upside down. Do we dare to believe him?

The Risk of Unchurching

When Jesus sits down in a boat to teach, it is when the holy space goes out of the synagogue and into the world. 

The Roots of Rage

We wonder how a story can go sour so dramatically and so quickly. Jesus is speaking with much approval to his hometown synagogue, where he had been shaped and formed, then the next minute they are trying to push him off of a cliff. What can cause such a flash of rage? The radical inclusivity of the gospel always incites those who feel a sense of entitlement to God’s grace.