At our last God on Tap we talked about how the Bible can be an intimidating, confusing, mysterious, and inspiring book. Many people shared suggestions for ways of getting into the Bible and I want to list them here:
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Throughout its history, the Bible has been both a source of angst and inspiration for many. It's been used to justify hate and discrimination, and at the same time, it has moved many to make the world a better place. The Bible is a complex and complicated book, and it remains a mystery to many.
One of the big ideas behind God on Tap is that God meets us in the places we gather in our regular, everyday lives, not just in church one hour a week. So, we meet in a pub for monthly conversations at the intersection of faith and life.
Deciding the outcome of sporting events is the toughest part of My job.— God (@TheTweetOfGod) June 17, 2013
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.