Who Needs ‘The Shack’? We’ve Got Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant!

  There is a reason we are enamored with The Shack. We have a longing to see God’s purposes played out in metaphor, in terms we can touch and taste and feel. We are feeble creatures, and we need spiritual realities to be depicted in physical terms. The Shack scratches an itch–albeit poorly, like when you reach your hand … More Who Needs ‘The Shack’? We’ve Got Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant!

“On Canonical Reading, Context, and Collective Biblical Consciousness”

Words have no meaning without context. You can read the words “once” and “upon” and “a” and “time” separately, and they could mean an infinite number of things. However, string them together and all of the sudden by appearing side by side they communicate a specific meaning: “Once upon a time…” Perhaps the first time … More “On Canonical Reading, Context, and Collective Biblical Consciousness”

The Greatest Pain in Childbirth and Sorrow of the Ground

Recently my wife delivered our third son, but this time around, things were a little different.  With the first two boys, we made it to the hospital in plenty of time, she got her epidural, and we sailed through delivery like it weren’t no thang.  Somehow this time we missed all of the signs of … More The Greatest Pain in Childbirth and Sorrow of the Ground