God of ‘will’ or God of love?

Jun 22, 2015 by

The question of how to understand the peaceable message of Jesus in relation to less-than-peaceable pictures of God in the Bible and in the Christian tradition has challenged ethically concerned people of...

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The healing river rises

Nov 10, 2014 by

Our quarter ends with three passages that articulate the prophetic hope for healing. All three are full of metaphorical images that defy explanation if taken too literally. The Book of Ezekiel concludes with a...

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The new temple is you

Oct 27, 2014 by

The prophet Ezekiel shares in the sufferings of the Hebrew people in the generation after their devastating defeat at the hands of the ruthless Babylonian empire. Ezekiel helps to bring to the surface the...

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Has God made a just world?

Oct 13, 2014 by

In our previous lesson we saw that even amid all his trauma Job remains steadfast. He continues to live in the light of his commitment to righteousness. He trusts God and lives blamelessly. But Job’s test...

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O God, where is justice?

Sep 29, 2014 by

How do we live as people of faith in a world that seems so often to be dominated by the wrong? The prophet Habakkuk gives a brief window into one of Israel’s darkest moments, at the very end of the life of...

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Healing is God’s final word

Sep 15, 2014 by

We continue with Jeremiah’s “little book of consolation” (chapters 30-33). Coming in the midst of great trauma and grief, these chapters are meant to sustain hope and life amid the ruins of Judah’s...

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Mercy, hope amid trauma

Sep 1, 2014 by

This quarter’s first four lessons come from what has been called Jeremiah’s “little book of consolation” (chapters 30-33). The book as a whole powerfully asserts that the terrible trauma the Hebrew...

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