Category Archives: Radical love

The God of the vulnerable

“What a contrast. We see God, the most potent and self-sufficient Power imaginable, continually expressing profound concern for the least potent and self-sufficient — the orphan in distress.” Continue reading

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The God you didn’t expect

Is it possible that our vision of God is too clouded by wrong images from religion and from our own hearts? I think many people will be surprised when they meet God.
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Forgiveness is an act of worship

When hurt by others, we often only see the horizontal significance of what occurred. “This is about me and the one who hurt me!” we argue. Yet those who worship God are called to view forgiveness as an act of worship. This is primarily about God and secondarily about me or my offender. When we forgive, we “let go of” instead of “holding on to” or “holding against.”

Forgiveness is an act of releasing to God the hurtful actions and consequences of the wrong done to us. Continue reading

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Conflict – an opportunity to grow stronger

The key to unity in a family or Church is not the removal of all conflict but a deeply shared commitment to work through our differences and pursue reconciliation based on God’s love for us in Christ. Continue reading

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Whom does God love?

Does “God so loved the world” point to a Creator’s love for all people or only a redeemer’s love for His chosen ones? Continue reading

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Did Jesus welcome unrepentant sinners?

“Jesus first welcomed and received unrepentant sinners” before saying, “Go and sin no more.” The word “unrepentant” is what concerns me. Continue reading

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Are you discouraged by disunity?

There are many threats to Christian unity but the key to unity in a Church is not the absence of conflict but a shared commitment to pursue reconciliation when conflict occurs Continue reading

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