Tag Archives: God

Between the Lines: Proper 11- July 21, 2013

Text: Colossians 1:15-28

invisible man

invisible man (Photo credit: vaXzine)

He is the image of the invisible God.

I wonder about the roles and the importance of images in my life, in yours, particularly those images of the invisible – love, courage, justice, honor, good, evil, enemy, God.  Pay attention as you go through the day today, at the images that emerge, engage, propel you.  Jot them down.

What are they images of?  If you have time, look through a few magazines and note the images there that draw you in.  Where do they take you?  Do they tell you anything about what concerns or preoccupies or threatens you?

Imagine yourself as the one given the task of creating an image of the invisible God.  What qualities of the invisible God are evoked?  What would such an image be like for you?  How might you re-imagine God?

Perhaps part of this exercise might be to consider the events, people, happenings of the day as images of the invisible God.  What might come of looking at your daily life in such a way?

– Beth Harrison

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC.  For details and subscription information, see  About BibleWorkbench.


Is a Bad God Better than No God At All?

In a recent blog posting, an old friend, Bruce Epperly, ponders whether some of our ways of imagining God need to be discarded:

Getup Get God

Getup Get God
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Donald Trump is noted for telling people, “You’re fired!”  While I do not advocate religious uniformity and recognize the good faith of those who differ radically from me in theology and practice, I believe that some of our gods should be “fired” and replaced by healthier and more life-supporting visions of God.

A pluralist society in which people find ways to affirm diversity, reach compromise, and work together despite differences requires a different image of truth and divinity.  Briefly put, a healthy society requires religious and political humility, grounded in a clear recognition of the insights of those who differ from us and a confession of our own finitude, error, and imperfection.  The most important truth that can be uttered in religion and politics is “This I believe, but I could be wrong in parts” and “I differ from you, but there may be truth in your position.”

You can read more of his excellent comments over at Patheos.com

With the tiger, or without . . . ?

Margaret Atwood in conversation with Bill Moyers about stories and God: