God’s Heart – 1 of 7

This is the first of seven Spreading Goodness reflections on Affective—“heart-based”—theology. We start with God’s heart—his relational disposition. The seventeenth century English Puritan Richard Sibbes took up this key theme as he wrote, “If God had not a communicative, spreading goodness, he would never have created the world. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were happy in …

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Affective Lives

“What do you mean by ‘affective theology?’ I’ve never heard of it before I met you.” This was the lead line of the Spreading Goodness entry for June 4, 2018. In that piece—and I invite readers to visit there—I explained why I adopted this uncommon phrasing. I also use the phrase “heart-based spirituality” to say the same …

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Truth Matters

In the United States the President, head of the executive branch of government, stirred an angry march against the Congress, our second branch, in an effort to overturn the recent election. This even after the third branch, the Supreme Court, endorsed the election results. It was a short-lived but dangerous insurrection, with repercussions still unfolding. …

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“I need you”

“I need you” are three words that link us together. But they can carry different meanings. One as a simple call for help in moving a table. Another may be more profound, as in an employer’s invitation for us to accept a job. Or, for another, a heart-to-heart marriage proposal. Context is everything.  Let’s consider, …

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Jesus as attractive

Jesus is the most attractive man in human history. No one matches him in the qualities we all want and need in a person. He’s incomparable, even if most of the world ignores him. Even when many Christians will view this claim as a teasing overstatement. Which is why we need to pause and reflect …

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