Author Archives: Barbara Falconer Newhall

Wrestling With the Bible: What’s My Cross?

What does it mean to take up one’s cross and follow Jesus? Are we supposed to quit our jobs and join the Peace Corps? Take monastic vows? Give all our money away?

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Wrestling With the Bible: God Is Not Nice

the helix nebula photo from NASA

I like to think of God as nice. Nice as in helping out with some extra wine at a wedding when the host’s supply runs out. Nice as in “Suffer little children . . . to come unto me.” Nice as in forgiving everybody’s sins, Jacob’s, David’s, an adulteress’s, mine. But . . .

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God — Too Darned Good to Be True?

rock at joshua tree national monument. Photo by BF Newhall

By Barbara Falconer Newhall For most of my adult life I wasn’t so sure about God. That such a thing could exist seemed far-fetched, too good to be true. But now that I’m firmly located in the second half of my life – okay, okay, the third third of my life (And no, I’m not [...]

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GodsBigBlog: Wisconsin — Concealed Weapons OK, but Not in Church

Gun toting Catholics in Wisconsin might be thinking twice right now about whether they really want to carry hidden guns around with them — especially on a Sunday morning . . .

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GodsBigBlog: Where — American — Jewish Women Must Move Aside for Men

“Precious Jewish daughter, please move to the side when a man approaches.” So read a number of signs hanging on trees in Williamsburg, a mostly Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn,

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