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June 22, 2015

Why Have We Forgiven the Charleston Shooter?

By: Richard Handler

It’s remarkable to me that these wounded Christians ask for forgiveness rather than cry for vengeance and shout curses at the heavens. God, in his august inscrutability, can “forgive” Dylann Roof. But should the rest of us? Read More
June 16, 2015

Loving Your Enemy?

By: Richard Handler

It’s easy to love those who are regretful and thoughtful. But what of those who on a day-to-day basis, conduct themselves as brutes and murderers? Read More
June 11, 2015

My Sin is Better than Your Sin

By: Patrick Erskine

The public struggle of others helps us feel better about our own private sin, but who among us can stand blameless when all of our struggles are laid out for the world to see? Read More
June 9, 2015

The Meeders Come Home

By: Rose Meeder

I am truly grateful for this rich and amazing experience for our family. Our time was intentional and I feel as though we really made the most of such an incredible opportunity. What did we learn? What did I learn? Well, among other things, our family learned a lot about belonging. Read More
June 2, 2015

Rejoice Ye Agnostics!

By: Richard Handler

I represent a plurality of Canadian voters. (How did an outlier like me find himself so unbelievably popular?) For religious believers, the numbers get even worse. Read More
June 1, 2015

The Bible: The Most Compelling Piece of Creative Non-Fiction I Have Ever Read

By: Carolyn Weber

As the revealed word of God, the Bible occupies a singular place among all written words – perhaps, even, an ultimately indefinable, yes, holy place. And yet without knowing the Bible, I believe not only can we not know ourselves and our God, but we cannot know our heritage as humans, let alone most of our literary history as a civilized world. Read More
May 26, 2015

Are Human Beings Obsolete?

By: Richard Handler

Humans are finite and fallible—they make mistakes. But artificial intelligence and robotic devices will turn our modest little selves into pure, steely data. In this new world of trans-humanism, robots and robotic humans can be programmed to perfection, incarnate bodies made of meat and machinery. Read More
May 19, 2015

Is God Funny?

By: Richard Handler

In comedy, opposites starkly clash. The improbable becomes outrageous. In this way, comedy and religion share a set of core attributes: They both upend the world of accepted experience. When you laugh, you see things anew. Read More
May 13, 2015

Mother's Day Requiem

By: Richard Handler

I suspect the Meeder’s four children were much more impressed by the influx of suffering humanity that their parents, in their own way, were able to assist. A person dying in front of you converts boredom into a North American indulgence. The Meeders didn’t want to shield their children from these terrible “life lessons.” The Developing World isn’t Disney World. Read More
May 10, 2015

Joshua's Hope

By: Laurie Houghton

As the mother of a child like Josh you quickly learn that life is short, and it’s precious. You don’t take any moment for granted. Read More
May 6, 2015

Anybody Home?

By: Richard Handler

“Why would He care about my little crisis with my children when Syria’s falling apart?” That’s what Lorna asked Max Lucado, the author of Before Amen. “Why would He listen to me?” As a challenge to faith, these are questions any atheist or agnostic would ask. And Lorna asked them with great feeling and a plaintiff twinge in her voice... Read More
April 28, 2015

The Amazing Chantal

By: Richard Handler

We all may be of equal value in the eyes of God, but in this society, the default position is: I have value. I can contribute. I am worthwhile. Read More

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