Tag Archives: The Book of Judges

How a domestic dispute became a civil war and how the peace is won

  Ayesha and Kehlani While the political scene continued to wring its hands over Donald Trump, another conversation about men, women, and the good was happening on social media. A young female rapper named Kehlani was having a bad time. … Continue reading

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How We Use Spirituality to Give Us the Life We want, and why it always fails

What about in good times? There are very definite patterns in the book of Judges in the Old Testament. Israel disobeys, or does not follow through on their promises or obligations, God delivers them into the hands of a more … Continue reading

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Samson: The Wildness of God’s Spirit and the Shocking Cost of Love

“Oh my, it’s GOD!”¬† A common¬†narrative today is that Americans are getting less religious, in the terms we easily identify as religious, but still “spiritual”. In a Huffington Post video Diana Butler Bass talks about her new book Grounded and … Continue reading

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When the Trees Look for a King

Religion that works and if we were God We’ve been talking about what we mean when we talk about “religion that works“. We look for God to give us what we ask for in our prayers and to shape the … Continue reading

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How the book of Judges Critiques our “If I were God” Fantasy

“If I were God…” Last week we mused a bit on the search query I found on my blog post “why religion doesn’t work”. Connected to this question and connected to our doubts are both our questions about God’s administration … Continue reading

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Why “Religion that Works” Doesn’t, and What Does

“Why Doesn’t Religion Work?” This question showed up in my search terms on my blog today. I love this question because it reveals a lot about us. The old adage “no atheists in foxholes” is of course a generalization but … Continue reading

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Learning to Become Religious Instead of merely Spiritual: Intro to the Book of Judges

Spirituality comes Naturally Despite what newbie atheists say, there is nothing so natural as spirituality. Humanity has always been spiritual. You can’t possibly do any digging into history, especially everything before the enlightenment to see that we are a thoroughly … Continue reading

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