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Another Apology and Welcome

Once again, I owe members of this blog an apology and clarification. As my work and home life have slowly changed over the last few years, I haven’t adequately and repeatedly clarified my purpose for continuing to provide this meeting place. The result has been some confusion and even controversy for which I bear and […]

Seems to me

Seems to me… that for most of Jesus’ public life he spoke in riddles— and did things that pointed to himself as the Answer. For those who read (past tense) the Scriptures in a way that gave themselves annual atonement— while seeing the rest of the world as destined for judgment—Jesus talked and lived outside […]

In a Divided World

Have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to read the Scriptures selectively… for the sake of all. Have also been trying to weigh the implications of growing up in churches that are more inclined to use the measure of what is either biblical or Christlike rather than both. Am hoping that we […]

The LORD Bless You…

“Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.” Temple leaders wanted to know by what authority Jesus had turned over the tables of the moneychangers. It was then that he made his veiled comment about rebuilding this temple in three days— a comment that even his disciples didn’t get until after […]

Could we With Ink the Ocean Fill…

In their Aramaic form, the following lines reflect word pictures of the love of God as chanted in Jewish synagogues on the first day of Shavuot (Pentecost), before the reading of Torah. Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the heavens of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill And every […]

Birthed from Above

John’s description of second birth helps us understand its urgency. The fourth Gospel tells the story in terms that are as wonderful as the gift of spiritual insight, as understandable as family, as mysterious as the wind, and as tragic as the crucifixion of Jesus. At first mention, John’s Gospel likens those who welcome Jesus […]

So Why Then the Gospel?

  Here’s a brief follow-up to the last post… So what’s the point and urgency of the Gospel? Because we are all going to be held accountable… for the gift of life entrusted to us… Because of love… Because of the pain and suffering of not knowing… and, and, and, As I see it, for […]

Yes but… Yes…

I’ve become increasingly convinced that just about anything someone believes about religion, politics, our national constitution, and more importantly the Bible and the words of Jesus, can be countered with— another written text from the Bible. In many cases the issue isn’t worth living, dying, or risking one’s reputation for. Sometimes, however, and especially when […]

Beyond the Curtain

With the passing of someone we love, our minds go to questions of what lies beyond the curtain. And as we honor and remember those who have preceded us in death, I’m guessing that many of us will also admit that we love God to the extent that we believe he loves us— and those […]

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