Category: Cathy Norman Peterson

Help My Unbelief

By Cathy Norman Peterson After 9/11 I remember tearing up listening to the words of “America the Beautiful.” In those days of shared national tragedy and mourning, asking God to shed his grace on all of us together was a prayer that rose up from the depths of darkness and ashes. It felt appropriate and…

Who Would Jesus Shoot?

By Cathy Norman Peterson Spike Lee’s forthcoming film about gun violence in Chicago is titled, controversially, Chiraq. The term comes from a sociologist’s observation that in a recent decade, the homicide rate in one Chicago neighborhood nearly matched the civilian deaths at the peak of the Iraq war. My city leads both New York City…

He? She? It?

By Cathy Norman Peterson Something bugs me about how we talk about the Holy Spirit. We evangelicals typically refer to two members of the Trinity as masculine. God the Father, God the Son—both male, both “he.” But when we get to the third Person of the Trinity, we flounder, casting about for the right word.…