I-10 near Benson partially reopen after closure caused by semi-truck rollover

Eastbound lanes affected. No estimated time to reopen.




Rain forecast for Phoenix area later this week, with sloppy snow predicted up north

The NWS in Phoenix and Flagstaff predict a mixed week of higher temperatures and possibilities of precipitation.




Bundle up Flagstaff, snow and cold weather is on its way

A fast-moving cold front is expected to bring snow overnight to Coconino County and could make Monday commutes slippery for Flagstaff-area drivers.




Snow showers forecast for northern Arizona; rain to return to Phoenix area by midweek

A midweek storm could bring rain to the Phoenix area in the Wednesday-Thursday time frame, according to the National Weather Service.




Protesters keep up pressure on Dolphinaris to close permanently

People with signs gathered about 2 p.m. Saturday near Via de Ventura and Pima Road in Scottsdale.




Photos of Dolphinaris Arizona protesters demonstrating Feb. 9, 2019

Dolphinaris Arizona protesters gathered Feb. 9, 2019, in Scottsdale to demonstrate after four of eight dolphins died at the facility.




Are You More Loving Than God?

Let’s be real. Many of us think we can do it better.

Most folks in the pew wouldn’t say so right out, but if we’re honest with ourselves, we often think we are more loving than God. For instance, when I think about those who’ve never heard the gospel or that great neighbor who just can’t bring himself to believe such a long list of difficult and offensive truths—people I think that I would save if I were God—I’d be lying if I said the thought had never crossed my mind.

Indeed, it did just the other day when I was stopped cold by one of the most arresting lines in the Book of Romans. Beginning at chapter 9, Paul is rounding the corner of his grand argument about salvation history into the question of how to make sense of the current unbelief of his Jewish brethren. Expressing great anguish on their behalf, he says, “For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people” (Rom. 9:3).

Cursed. Damned to hell. This is what Paul wishes he could trade for the salvation of his beloved people, Israel. The thought hit me like a two-by-four. Martin Luther comments, “It seems incredible that a man would desire to be damned, in order that the damned might be saved.”

How can Paul, Mr. “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21), say he is willing to be “cut off from Christ” for them? This is a love and mercy I can scarcely fathom; it puts all conceits about my own compassion to shame.

I’d be tempted to call it hyperbole if Paul didn’t say that he is speaking the divine truth of Christ and that his “conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 9:1). Paul’s love for his people is a “hell and back again” kind …

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Hacienda HealthCare will stay open after state steps in

Hacienda HealthCare will not close the facility where a patient was raped, at least for now, after state officials pushed back on plans.




Police photos related to spree shooter Dwight Jones

After a divorce and custody battle, Dwight Lamon Jones went on a four-day shooting spree that left six dead. These are some of the crime scene photos.




Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Gospel of Shame-Free Sexuality

We can’t defeat shame by whittling down God’s law to fit our behavior. We need the good news of God’s forgiveness instead.

A few years ago I was listening to NPR while driving, and I almost pulled the car over to a stop, so great was my enthusiasm for what I’d just heard. When I got home, I found a recording of the segment online and insisted that one of my housemates listen to it with me. “A Lutheran pastor just defended the doctrine of sin on public radio!” I gushed. “And then preached the gospel!”

The pastor I heard was Nadia Bolz-Weber, the now-famous foul-mouthed, tattoo-festooned recovering alcoholic and former stand-up comic who founded Denver’s House for All Sinners and Saints, a progressive Lutheran congregation that has become known as a haven for ex-evangelicals and other religious or not-so-religious misfits. Here is part of what she said on the air that day:

When [the people of my congregation] come to church, they need a place where they can experience, like, confession and absolution—like, where they can confess the ways in which they can’t manage to fix everything and they can’t live up to their own values and the ways they’ve failed and hear that sort of ringing word of forgiveness and absolution. They need to hear the gospel and receive the Eucharist.

It’s not unusual to hear religious types talk about human fallibility and the need for affirmation or acceptance. But to hear someone say to a largely secular audience that we need to confess our wrongs, admit our guilt, and be absolved—well, that’s much stronger, and usually more distasteful, medicine. Ultimately, though, it’s a message that makes true healing possible because it diagnoses our wayward condition unblinkingly, rather than politely papering over it.

Doing Away with Absolution

Unfortunately, …

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