Tag Archives: doubt

Love lives again

Thomas usually gets a bad rap in the first Easter story (John 20:24-29). “Doubting Thomas,” we call him, as if his absence on resurrection evening or the doubts he expressed a week later put him on the fringe of the little band of disciples. All of them scattered in the critical moment. Did Thomas run […]

Remembering Thomas

“Unless I see . . . I will not believe.” (John 20:25) The story of Doubting Thomas (John 20:19-31) is not merely a story about a group of disciples who huddled behind locked doors that first Easter evening because they feared the authorities. This may be a story about you, if you have ever experienced […]

Faith on the brink

Especially since November I’ve returned regularly to one of my favorite hymns, one that was unfortunately dropped in the 1989 hymnal. Unfortunately, because it’s perfect for times like these when the faith of so many of us is strained and tested. Here are two of its stanzas: O for a faith that will not shrink, […]

The blessing of doubt

Easter morning we sang Charles Wesley’s words, “Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!” The same day, twenty-nine children enjoying an Easter outing in Pakistan were among those killed by a suicide bomber. Maybe the psalmist’s words would have suited the day better, “How could we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land” (Ps. […]

The treasures of darkness

When I was a young child, I was afraid of the dark. Actually, it wasn’t the dark I feared; I was afraid of what was in the dark, those indescribable monsters that lurked under my bed or in my closet. It was a long way from the light switch beside the door to my bed […]

Blind trust

Perhaps I’ve grown a bit jaded, but it seems to me the resurrection of Jesus is not that relevant an issue for people today. After 2,000 years of repeating the story, it seems to have grown stale, even for me. Sure, I lead the parade on Easter morning, but I confess in some ways it […]