Category Archives: Wrestling with the Bible

Barbara and the Bible duke it out.

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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Wrestling with the Bible: A Leper I Admire

Accepting a gift isn’t easy for me, whether the gift be one of love, friendship or healing. For me, pride gets in the way.

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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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Wrestling with the Bible: Does (Can?) God Do Miracles?

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Does (can?) God do miracles? I wonder. Mostly I kind of doubt it. I’ve never witnessed a miracle personally, though I’ve asked for enough of them, large and small, over the years. The Bible is full of miracle stories, of course. In the synagogue at Capernaum, just for starters, Jesus is [...]

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The Most Annoying Saint

By Barbara Falconer Newhall St. Paul can be pretty annoying. Last week he was fixated on how sexual relations with prostitutes taint the body. (1 Corinthians 6:12-20) I get it — the human body is holy, a gift from God to be treated with respect. But this week Paul goes too far. “Let even those who have [...]

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