Category Archives: Empathy

What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart? I’ve been thinking about the things that get us really incensed, the sorts of things that outrage us. In my circles, I hear a lot of outrage over things like businesses requiring patrons to wear masks. … Continue reading

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Be Gracious: A Quarantine Prayer

Turn to me and be gracious to me… Psalm 86:16 Let’s face it: we’re spending a lot of time with our loved ones in close quarters these days. I’ve found myself saying this repeatedly over the past few weeks — … Continue reading

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How You Make Them Feel

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Permanent Love: Grace in the Wilderness

Recently, my reading of the Old Testament has been greatly enhanced by John Goldingay’s excellent new translation, The First Testament. Goldingay, a well-respected Old Testament scholar, uses his Hebrew fluency to defamiliarize the ancient text for modern readers. For many readers of … Continue reading

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Suffering and Faith, Part 4

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me. — Psalm 23 It is a path everyone must walk, the valley David refers to as “the shadow … Continue reading

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Soong-Chan Rah on Identification and Lament

In his seminal work Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times, Soong-Chan Rah writes about Jeremiah’s identification with the people of Jerusalem in the book of Lamentations. While Lamentations 1&2 describe the destruction of Jerusalem from a fairly dispassionate … Continue reading

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