Showing posts from November, 2018


I fear my Christian tradition has not done enough teaching and wondering about what it means to live in an apocalyptic time. The Left Behind series and some religious sects would have us believe that the apocalypse is a cosmic warning that God has had enough. Time’s up, clear the board! Sheep and goats are separated and you’d better hope you’re a sheep. Quick, solve the mystery of salvation and get your act together before the day of judgment comes.
But in Mark 13, Jesus uses apocalyptic language to remind the people that earthly powers do not last forever, that false prophets will use fear and rumors to distract from the truth, that atrocities will continue to tear at this world and he does not describe these things as signs of the end times, but instead calls it “the beginning of the birth pangs”.

My first child was born almost eight years ago, but my body can still feel the two days of back labor pain that broke me. I thought I was going to die and couldn’t imagine a future in which …