Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Hamburger Thief

Recently Rich and I were going to eat shepherd’s pie for dinner. The hamburger was slightly frozen and sitting in a plastic bag in a pan on the counter to thaw a bit more. Zufan, our houseworker, came to me a little later that morning and asked what I had done with the hamburger. I had no idea what she was talking about. What was clear was that the hamburger was gone. Continue reading


Biblical Paradox: An Overlooked “Backdoor” into the Mystery of God

Presented at EGST Academic Seminar, 11/9/12

One day I received a letter from a woman named Cheryl, who was responding to a journal article I had written about preaching biblical paradox. She quickly moved from words of appreciation to the issues my article raised that were still vexing her. She wrote:

How can God still work His plan in my life when my free will keeps getting in the way and messing things up? How can he “restore the years the locusts have eaten” when I am the one that invited those locusts to come and devour my life? How can he “work all things together for good…” when I keep getting in there with my free will and messing with his plans? On a larger scale, how can God work out his plan in the universe when men and women still have a free will to do their own thing apart from God’s will?
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