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Taking Flight: Reclaiming the Female Half of God's Image Through Advocacy and Renewal

Taking Flight: Reclaiming the Female Half of God’s Image Through Advocacy and Renewal

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  Wikiklesia Volume 2, Taking Flight: Reclaiming the Female Half of God’s Image through Advocacy and Renewal offers forward-looking ideas on gender-inclusive faith and leadership while exploring the historical backgrounds and changing perceptions of women’s status both in the faith community and throughout the world. In this anthology, we hear from leading thinkers, theologians, bloggers, […]

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Broken Record: Enjoying the Music of Relationship Through the Hisses, Pops, and Scratches

Broken Record: Enjoying the Music of Relationship Through the Hisses, Pops, and Scratches

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  Relationships can be difficult. We all have them and we all struggle at times to overcome, or at least get past, the inevitable conflict. Great friendships sour, good marriages crumble and fray, business partnerships that flowed so smoothly break up badly. Often all we need are some basic tools to help us through the […]

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The Comfort of Vengeance: A Commentary on Nahum

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God doesn’t make sense to me. I am not sure I know what He wants or can live the way He requires. I am terrified that I might make Him angry. The God way is impossible to understand and even harder to follow. Doesn’t the Bible even say that “His ways are not our ways”? There is a big difference between God in the First Testament and Jesus in the Second Testament.
Enter Nahum. Nahum shares a vision from God about how God is going to wipe out another nation. God’s words through Nahum are mean, aggressive, and sometimes just horrible. If Nahum were a movie, it would definitely be rated “R.”
The good news is that nobody reads Nahum. Scholars agree that Nahum is the least read, quoted, or studied book of the Bible. Nahum presents us with versions of God that seem to be conflicting. In Nahum, God is a patient warrior and a jealous lover. He is an angry judge, and a comforting avenger. Like God, Nahum is just too hard to understand.

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