About this blogThinking and Believing is written by Bob Ratcliff, an editor and teacher living and working in the Nashville, Tennessee area. I write about theology, which is another way of saying that I try to make sense of the world in light of Christian faith. Much of what you'll find here mirrors the teaching I do at Christ United Methodist Church in Franklin, and other places around Middle Tennessee.
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Easter Sunrise Service Christ United Methodist Church April 5, 2015 Scripture: Psalm 137:1-6 Isaiah 40:1-5 I was a member of a church once that was into leather. Specifically, we were into Bible leather, the leather binding that fits around the … Continue reading
No one knows whether he’s always been our enemy. I like to think that in the beginning, he wasn’t. I like to think that at first he was a mysterious presence, but not a threatening one; that he would arrive … Continue reading
Well, it’s been a crazy week, hasn’t it, what with all the hullabaloo and that big court case. All those people shouting at one another, some for, some against. I don’t know about you but I’ve been kind of disturbed … Continue reading
This week I changed my Facebook picture. I did so to support a political cause in which I believe. In what follows I want to explain why what I did was a sin, and why I am led to confess … Continue reading
Is suffering redemptive? In Christianity’s ancient and ongoing struggle to understand how suffering could exist in a world created by an all-powerful and all-loving God, the idea that suffering exists to strengthen and purify us, to make us more fit … Continue reading
“I don’t think it’s a good thing to kill children and babies, but God said to do it, so he must have had a good reason.” Try to imagine a situation in which you would agree with the statement above. … Continue reading