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

Posted in Religion

“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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