Monthly Archives: March 2016

Three Days and Three Nights

“For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40). I was talking with a man on … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Church, Religion, Resurrection

Paralyzing Christian Sayings, and Charity

I’ll make no secret about it: There are things Christians say that I do not find all that helpful.  Actually, I find them paralyzing when it comes to living the spiritual life. This is particularly the case when it comes … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Religion

An Egyptian background for the Golden Calf

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
Sometimes it is good to read people  whose theology you do not share. I recently found an online version of an article I had read long ago.  The first thing I noticed was that as a…

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Book Write-Up: Global Church, by Graham Hill

Graham Hill.  Global Church: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches.  Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Most Christians today live, not in the West, but in the Majority World: Africa, Asia, and … Continue reading

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“Religion and Ideology in Assyria” by Beate Pongratz-Leisten

Originally posted on The Biblical Review:
Beate Pongratz-Leisten. Religion and Ideology in Assyria. SANER, Vol. 6. Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015, pp. 553, $154 (de Gruyter). *I’d like to express my gratitude to de Gruyter for providing me with a review…

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Ramblings on Philo and “Only One Way”

In this post, I will use as my starting-point something that Philo of Alexandria says in Special Laws IV:109.  Philo of Alexandria was a first century Hellenistic Jewish thinker.  Special Laws IV:109 is part of Philo’s larger discussion about the … Continue reading

Posted in Bible, Pluralism, Religion

Made Perfect in this Life? – A Lutheran reflection on Methodist sanctification

Originally posted on J.W. Wartick – Reconstructing Faith:
I was visiting a United Methodist Church and the pastor preached on the doctrine of sanctification. She referenced the affirmation within the Methodist church that Christians can receive perfection in this…

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Greek Popular Biography: Romance, Contest, Gospel

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Chesed Shel Emet; Easter and Sabbatarianism; New Life from Bitterness

I have three items for my write-up on church this morning.  Since today is Easter Sunday, the sermon was about Jesus’ resurrection.  The pastor focused on the story in Luke 24. A.  The pastor referred to the Jewish concept of … Continue reading

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Exodus 22:2-3 and Self-Defense

Exodus 22:2-3 posits a situation in which a thief is breaking into somebody’s home: 2 If a thief is found breaking in, and is beaten to death, no bloodguilt is incurred; 3 but if it happens after sunrise, bloodguilt is … Continue reading

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