In the midst of anxiety, it can sound like an attractive option for a swift end to come.
We can recognize ourselves in the messy people around Jesus.
We may see him as fully human. Scripture resounds with his cosmic nature.
We might add to Paul's list gifts for offering comfort, or explaining new guidelines, or displaying ease with technology.
Our son told me his strategy for getting to safety. I hate that worst-case scenario planning is his reality.
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Unabated cultural frivolity rules our churches, too.
I imagine Nathan waking to the word of the Lord with his heart pounding.
Like John the Baptist, progressive Christians tend to define ourselves in the negative.