Consuming Fire

God is often referred to as a consuming fire. This is not because he’s the “angry and violent God of the Old Testament” so frequently cited by those who’ve not made serious efforts at understanding him. Anger is not the core of God’s being, though he does express it,...

God of Fire, part 1

We say, “all things in moderation.” Fire may be the best example for this little proverb. We use fire for so many reasons, though perhaps not quite so much as in the past. My old house still has piping used for gas lighting, for example. But even in 2020 most houses...

Lazarus Revisited

The story of The Rich Man and Lazarus has been interpreted in many ways over the centuries. It is often considered to be a parable, though it has some characteristics that set it apart from the other parables of Jesus. Some interpret the story as a literal event,...