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I have been somewhat taken aback by the volume of material posted over the last four or five months regarding the oppression of women in the body of Christ. To my shame, I did not recognize this was as widespread an issue as it seems to be. The pervasiveness of the issue is clearly evinced…

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A common practice of Jesus and his contemporaries is for crowds to following teachers as they walk and talk. In Luke 5, we find that practice being played out with Jesus, however, in that instance the crowd is becoming too numerous, and is described as “pressing” upon Jesus and listening to the word of God.1…

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On one side we like to talk about Jesus’ controversial reputation, but at the same time we like to remain in the more conservative lifestyle that does not offend the religious structures and those who populate them.1 On August 5, 1864, Admiral David Glasgow Farragut was leading a fleet of ships into Mobile Bay, Alabama,…

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By the time we reach John chapter 13, we are getting very close to the time of the Passover Feast, and it is in that context that John focuses on Jesus’ last meal with his disciples. They will never again be seen as a unified group, and it could be argued that they are not…

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Building on last Monday’s posting, where we looked at the way in which the worship of the Gentiles was being disrupted because the Jews looked upon them as inferior and unimportant beings, we now look at the concept of righteousness, how it is misunderstood, and how that misunderstanding can cause us to look upon others…

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NOTE: This is one of my longer blog postings, and I apologize for that, but the issue it explores is so important that I couldn’t effectively break it into multiple postings as I normally would do. Take a moment and think about what it is that makes you angry. By this, I do not mean things…

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Last week we looked at the Lex Talionis, the law of retaliation, or the law of the tooth and we saw how Jesus responded to that with a statement that has caused men and women for centuries to view Jesus as a pacifist. Yet Jesus’ teaching also contains imagery that can be described as nothing short…

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As a child of the sixties, I grew up during the Vietnam War, a twenty-year conflict fought primarily in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. It was a conflict between nationalist forces in the North, attempting to unify the divided country of Vietnam, and forces in the South attempting to arrest the spread of Communism. Though very…

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Last week I found myself engaged in a rather contentious debate with a Twitter user who seemed incapable of understanding that Jesus taught us that sin is a matter of the heart, comes from the heart, and is overcome by gaining a new heart. What He Really Meant Was . . . Sometimes Jesus said…

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In 1989, while working as a Campus Minister at Kansas University, I attended a National Campus Ministers’ Seminar in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Two and a half decades later, I retain a vivid memory of one moment during that seminar in which a man shared an event from his own life that changed my worldview. God Has…

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