God the Husband: A Parable on Jeremiah 3

God the Husband: A Parable on Jeremiah 3

The man is haggard, dark circles under his bloodshot eyes; he has been crying. He is not sure when his wife last slept next to him. He has not slept much in her absence . . .   The following is a parable based on Jeremiah 3. But first, a brief introduction. Each time I read Jeremiah 3, I see the image in my mind of a distraught, rejected husba

Reflections on Jeremiah 2: Broken Cisterns

Reflections on Jeremiah 2: Broken Cisterns

I have a scrapbook full of all the ticket stubs, program notes, pressed flowers, and museum brochures that I collected while my husband and I were dating. Each slip of paper or withered petal reminds me of a particular moment, a place and time etched in my memory, tinged with all the happiness and excitement of romance. Sometimes I look over all th

Is Knowledge a Requirement of Salvation? Reflections on 2 Peter (Part 1)

Is Knowledge a Requirement of Salvation? Reflections on 2 Peter (Part 1)

At the conclusion of his second epistle, Peter asserts that his fellow apostle Paul has written some things that are “hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:15-16). Though the Apostle Peter may have lacked the scholarship and rhetorical complexity of the Apostle Paul, his writings are nonetheless provocative and full of deep theological insights. Looking a

Slavery and Sexuality

Slavery and Sexuality

Those who believe in the biblical view of sexuality are treading the well-worn path of scriptural literalists who, in ages past, supported slavery using precisely the same mode of textual interpretation—or so goes the argument. Dr. Robert Cargill of the University of Iowa put the view forward rather vigorously in his blog: “Let me say this to those

Facebook Friends with…Jesus?

Facebook Friends with…Jesus?

I have 1,218 friends on Facebook, but to be honest, I’m not really “friends” with all of them—in the truest sense of the word. In fact, I’m not even friends with most of them. Many of them have come about as a direct result of my being an author and writer. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to say that I’m famous, well-known, or even well-lik

Label-Free Faith

Label-Free Faith

During my sophomore year at Weimar Academy, I struggled with geometry. No matter how much I studied, I didn't get it. One morning, I told a lie. My palms were sweating and my lips trembled as I said to my dorm mom, Mrs. Jones, “I think I have the flu.” She felt my forehead. “Kind of clammy, but no temperature.” She gave me a long look. “If you’re s

Lord, Am I a Jealous Woman?

Lord, Am I a Jealous Woman?

It was the last day of school before Christmas break. As my students exchanged gifts, I noticed that some students did not receive gifts, while others received two or three (the students didn’t have a “party;” it was just those who wanted to give to their friends). I watched a few sad faces, and a few “oh-well” faces, but the kids who struck me the

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

The Grace of Christ for “Sinaholics:” The First Step is Admitting the Problem

"Hello. My name is Timothy Arena, and I’m a sinaholic. I’m addicted to sin. I was born that way, and I will be that way until I die or Jesus comes." This may sound strange and even heretical to some—but I hope that you will see from what follows here that it is not. When I refer to my sin addiction (or anyone else's), I’m not referring to the overt

No Longer Hiding Under a Church Pew: Breaking the Silence about Homosexuality in the Church

No Longer Hiding Under a Church Pew: Breaking the Silence about Homosexuality in the Church

I am privileged and honored to have come from a strong Bible and Adventist heritage. My childhood was influenced by dedicated Christian parents who took God at His Word and who planted in me the importance of loving, honoring, and obeying Him. Our friends consisted of other Adventists who diligently studied God’s Word and His great promises to us.