Bowling with Jesus, Part 2

Bowling with Jesus, Part 2

Many of us at times find ourselves living in the paradoxical tensions created between two seemingly opposite extremes. Like throwing a bowling ball toward the pins at the end of the alley, our goal is to avoid the gutters on either side. One alley I find myself...
Bowling with Jesus, Part 1

Bowling with Jesus, Part 1

Good theology, like good bowling, means rolling the ball down the center of the lane.  We study theology partly to learn from the gutter balls of history.  My bowling analogy came to me while teaching theology for four years at a Christian graduate school in Ethiopia....
Bethlehem’s Baby

Bethlehem’s Baby

In 2012 while we lived in Ethiopia, our housekeeper’s 19-year-old daughter, Bethlehem, gave birth to a beautiful baby boy named Sofonia. Could Sofonia become as famous as Adnan Nevic?  Adnan, born in Sarajevo, Bosnia in 1999, was chosen by the United Nations as the...
Makers and Takers

Makers and Takers

Our political process in American reveals many divisions between people—both imaginary and real. One that began in the last presidential campaign is the supposed division of American society into “makers” and “takers.” I saw these terms emerge from long distance,...
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