Category Archives: Bible

That’s what Families Do.

When I was a kid, I remember getting so annoyed when my mom made me come in for supper.  I’d be right in the middle of playing with some friends, and here she’d come, telling me it’s time to eat.  … Continue reading

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Phoebe.

So far I’ve discussed several women who, while they demonstrated considerable spiritual leadership and influence, came along before the establishment of the Church as we know it today.  That’s why I’m pleased to introduce you to Phoebe. The English Standard … Continue reading

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Women in ministry, part 3: the women at the tomb

This is the third installment of a series on women in ministry. Early every Sunday morning, men all across our country rise and go to work.  These men are pastors.  They come to their pulpits to present the good news … Continue reading

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Women in Ministry 2: Huldah

Have you ever heard of Huldah?  If not, don’t feel bad. Many haven’t heard of her.  I grew up in church and I don’t think I ever heard her mentioned once.  I don’t think I’ve mentioned her once in my … Continue reading

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Reading your Bible without missing the point (part 1): prescriptive versus descriptive.

I’ve decided to offer a few thoughts about some of the ways that those in my theological tradition often read the Bible.  I realize this might be a touchy subject.  Some readers, if they are thoughtful, might be challenged about … Continue reading

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Were not our hearts burning within us?

It’s early Sunday morning, and two followers of Jesus of Nazareth are walking down the familiar road to Emmaus.  They were discussing “everything that had happened,” undoubtedly involving the tragic death of the man they had placed their hope and … Continue reading

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Not of this world.

One of Jesus’ most telling moments has to be in John 18, verse 36.  He’s standing before Pilate who literally holds Jesus’ life in his hands, and Jesus has the audacity to say, “My kingdom is not of this world. … Continue reading

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Gimme some ears!

Imagine this scene: you’re out with a group of friends.  You’re all sitting around a table at a restaurant, and pretty soon someone pipes up with a new joke they’ve recently heard.  You listen intently, drawn in as they tell … Continue reading

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Politics.

This is from the second century writing, Letter to Diognetus.  “Christians are not differentiated from other people by country, language or customs; you see, they do not live in cities of their own, or speak some strange dialect, or have … Continue reading

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For Lent.

I’m pretty sure that every society has memories.  These memories work to bring identity to the people.  They give the the people stories, commonality, and are foundational in forming their culture.  Memories help give cultures their flavor.  Today, in both … Continue reading

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