Bible – Fragments Against Ruin http://tonywoodlief.com Wed, 11 Oct 2017 02:11:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 The poor fisherman http://tonywoodlief.com/2015/06/11/the-poor-fisherman/ Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:46:06 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4615 From my latest essay at the Image Good Letters site: I am a tense and irritable man with occasional bouts of cheerfulness tempered by fatalism. I am a hard man with whom to live. I spent yesterday griping at my kids not to drown in the river, not to pick up snakes, not to fall …

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On just saying no http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/18/on-just-saying-no/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/07/18/on-just-saying-no/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:08:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4529 Related to my previous post, I have an essay at Good Letters digging into the hypocrisy of evangelicals, as represented by the American Family Association, who simultaneously support the Drug War while demanding that we reject child refugees from that war. Here’s an excerpt: We sponsor both sides of this war; we constitute the primary …

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The worldly vision http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/03/28/the-worldly-vision/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2014/03/28/the-worldly-vision/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:10:20 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=4474 (Note: An expanded version of this essay—which attempts to address some of the objections leveled in the comments below as well as at The American Conservative—is over at On Faith.)   I am angry, and so I hope you will forgive me for whatever I write that offends, unless you need offending, in which case I hope you …

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On the separateness of preaching and healing http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/13/on-the-separateness-of-preaching-and-healing/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2013/03/13/on-the-separateness-of-preaching-and-healing/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 20:31:15 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3644 Preach and heal. This is what Christ asked of his apostles, before sending them out in pairs: “And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matt. 10:7-8) Churches struggle to conjoin them. …

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Childlike http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/30/childlike/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/11/30/childlike/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 20:43:59 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3574 Back when I thought I knew something about God, I sought arguments. God is this, and God is not that, and those scriptures you think say one thing actually mean something else, don’t you know. I thought her simple and silly, though good-hearted. Hers was the Sunday School God, the “Jesus Loves Me” God, a …

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More than bread http://tonywoodlief.com/2012/02/02/more-than-bread/ Thu, 02 Feb 2012 14:14:06 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=3355 When we don’t think we can control some things we take charge of what we can. This is why the functionary fastidiously maintains a constant distance between his stapler and his tape dispenser, and why the abused child has a ritual for pajamas and tooth-brushing and curling up tight that he enacts like the body’s …

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On the excommunication of a child http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/05/18/on-the-excommunication-of-a-child/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/05/18/on-the-excommunication-of-a-child/#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 03:39:01 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2407 I remember, the day they told us our three year-old daughter would die, sitting on her hospital bed, Celeste and I together, holding her and weeping. We never really knew despair, I don’t think, until that day. We held Caroline and we cried, and the doctors stood there, because this is all they were good …

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Book it http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/03/book-it/ http://tonywoodlief.com/2010/02/03/book-it/#comments Wed, 03 Feb 2010 21:10:54 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/?p=2090 I’m pretty sure that somewhere in the unofficial New Yorker film critic handbook there’s a rule that goes something like this: If Christian faith is central to a film, don’t be afraid to stoop to name-calling and character assassination. Thus it wasn’t surprising to see in what manner David Denby unleashes his ire on The …

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Renaissance Radical http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/04/02/renaissance-radical/ Mon, 02 Apr 2007 12:53:22 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=635 Something that has always bothered me about the theological enterprise is an undercurrent of arrogance, the notion that we possess so clear a discernment that we can build mental boxes to contain the wild God of the ages. I once heard a sermon where the pastor quoted a brilliant theologian, who was commending Jesus for …

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Nice Church http://tonywoodlief.com/2007/02/19/nice-church/ Mon, 19 Feb 2007 14:38:08 +0000 http://tonywoodlief.com/wp/?p=605 An acquaintance once told me about a wealthy benefactor in his church, a man who likes to point out that he “isn’t one of those Bible thumpers.” He just believes that it’s a good thing for families to go to church. So he’s donated millions over his lifetime to the building of churches. He is …

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