God's "consuming fire" is the fire of holy love. It doesn't await sinners in the future; it burns up sin itself.
Fred Gaiser offers a sober, accessible review of the biblical materials pertinent to our thinking about healing.
When the church I serve undertook a strategic planning process, there was more golden calf than fiery pillar. But while we planned, God summoned.
After Jesus shared his last supper with his friends, they sang a hymn together. There is every reason to believe it was the Hallel, Psalms 113 through 118. How have I missed this before?
Security and risk are nothing new. Today's biblical texts deal not with stocks and bonds exactly, but with living in the real circumstances of a difficult and uncertain world while also accepting the possibility of good, of help and support, comfort and security.
The steward's only failing may be that he's replaceable, and the lesson he learns is that money talks.