We hear it all the time—athletes thanking God for helping them win or make the big shot. Really? Is God really interested in the outcome of tonight's game? Is God manipulating the play on the field or court to help direct the outcome? Does God really care who wins the NBA Finals, Superbowl, or World Cup?
It was one of those moments. I was having dinner with my friends Martin and Vanessa when Vanessa unexpectedly turned to me and asked, “So, what is your image of God?” I wasn't sure what to say. The Bible is filled with various images of God. In the Hebrew Scriptures God walks through the Garden of Eden, appears to Moses in a Burning Bush, speaks to Elijah in a still small voice.
At our last God on Tap we talked about the bombings at the Boston marathon and its aftermath and wrestled with how people of faith and good will can respond to such tragedy—and navigate what feels like an increasingly violent world. One of the first comments put us right into that tricky place faith puts us between insisting on justice but also extending mercy.
Between the bombings and manhunt in Boston and the explosion at a fertilizer plant that rocked the town West, Texas—and other news about shootings and avalanches—last week was, well, one hell of a week. At our next God on Tap on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:30pm upstairs at Forest and Main, we'll take some time to debrief and decompress after such an emotional, anxious, and disturbing week.
Have you ever come back from the dead? No, not like a Zombie. Have you ever gone through a time of death (loss, grief, despair, sickness) and emerged on the other side of it to discover new life (resurrection)? As Christians near the observance of Holy Week and Easter, our thoughts turn to Jesus' death and resurrection.
Last night at our first God on Tap we talked about our daily rituals—that morning cup of coffee, our morning and evening routines, our little individual rituals that help us move through the day, and shared rituals of families and even church.