Big Noisy God

We’re being told that God can’t really be known, doesn’t act, and may not even be present except in a place that mystics call “the silence.” This handout documents various sources of that teaching, which is refuted by showing that God has done some of his best work with the volume turned up! Get it here.

Christian Goddess Worship

abstract female statue

This article about goddess worship tells of an ecumenical conference (clear back in 1993!) where they invoked the goddess Sophia. “Communion” emblems were milk and honey, not bread and wine. This piece describes a Lutheran church that does goddess worship. The idea is that goddess worship relates to equality for women, but for some reason they also see the need…

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A God Problem?

smiling black woman

A friend I’ll call Meeka is a sassy black lady. She’s the rare type of person who can speak her mind bluntly and get away with it. Very open about her faith. One day a friend said, “Meeka, I don’t get how you just talk, sorta face-to-face, right to your God. I could never do that with my God.” Meeka…

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“He Never Failed Me Yet”

Gospel Choir

To drive away the darkness, I sometimes read Scripture out loud (and have advised friends to do the same). But if you feel even too oppressed to do that, turn on some black gospel music—real loud. I love this rendition of “He Never Failed Me Yet.” But at some point, I noticed a nuance in the words that I hadn’t…

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The Shack—the Plot Thickens

night shot of a shack

Writer William Paul Young grew up knowing God as “schizophrenic, narcissistic…angry and distant,” someone to be appeased. I’m so sad for Mr. Young. It’s good that he wanted to portray God differently in The Shack (first published 2007). Sadly, he swings too far into “warm fuzzy” and misrepresents God in other ways. Young’s background with church people he describes as…

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