Judging Like a Christian

By Bryan Owen Do not judge, so that you may not be judged — Matthew 7:1 These words of Jesus are sometimes quoted to undermine attempts to name other people's behavior as morally wrong and sinful. "Who are y... Read More...

A Time of Plague

Part Three in a series of Lenten meditations. By David Ney Let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great. — 1 Chronicles 21:13 Where are we? We are here. Here is a time of scatterin... Read More...

A Time of Scattering

This post continues a series of Lenten reflections. Part one is here. By David Ney I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep without a shepherd. — 2 Chron. 18:16 Where are we? We’re here. And here is, among other things, a time of scatter... Read More...

The Four Last Things Redux

By Hannah Bowman The traditional “four last things” of Advent — death, judgment, heaven, and hell — direct Christians’ attention to the world to come. But these Advent themes speak as well to the work alrea... Read More...

On Viruses and Judgment

By Joey Royal Given how much attention the Scriptures give to divine judgment, it’s remarkable how little attention we give it. The creed tells us that Jesus “will come to judge the quick and dead,” but preachers seldom tell us that. I don’t remember the la... Read More...

Advent, The Four Last Things: Judgment

Judgment is not a topic the church often wants to contemplate, but it is not one we can avoid. How can we understand the dialectic of God’s judgment and mercy at the final coming of Christ so that divine judgment — and not just the hope of avoiding it — is for us something to be desired, not just feared?