Monthly Archives: August 2017

How Did Paul Persecute the Church?

I am continuing to read Jerome Murphy-O’Connor’s Paul: A Critical Life. Paul says that he persecuted the church. The author of Luke/Acts goes into considerable detail about this. Luke’s account includes Paul’s presence at the stoning of Stephen, the implication … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: An Amish Summer

Shelley Shepard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin.  An Amish Summer: Four Novellas.  Thomas Nelson, 2017.  See here to buy the book. An Amish Summer contains four novellas about the Amish that are set in the summer.  Here … Continue reading

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Murphy-O’Connor-Paul, the Pharisee

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
“As to the Law, a Pharisee” is the way Paul characterized himself in Philippians 3:5. Luke has further statements about Paul’s pharisaism.  Paul studied in Jerusalem under the famous teacher Gamaliel I, a Pharisee   (Acts 22:3).…

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Church Write-Up: Preconditions, Acts 15 (Again), Personal Not Lonely, Complexity

I attended the “pen church” last Sunday, and it was starting a new series on keeping things simple.  I may or may not stick around for the series, but here are some thoughts about last Sunday’s sermon: A.  The preacher … Continue reading

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How dare you say we are not friendly!

Originally posted on Enough Light:
This is just a quick “vent” post. I have already blogged extensively on welcoming people into the church, the idea of fellowship, problems with cliquishness in the church, and the like. See the category to…

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Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
Murphy-O’Connor has a detailed chapter in Paul, a Critical Life about Paul’s youth in Tarsus. It is true that it is Acts, not the letters, that speak of Tarsus.  However, Paul is clearly a diaspora Jew…

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Book Write-Up: Shattered

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes.  Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.  Crown, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. As the title indicates, this book is about the 2016 Presidential race, primarily from the perspective of Hillary Clinton and those … Continue reading

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Joshua W. Jipp is the author of the new book Saved by Faith and Hospitality. * * * When we encounter people who are different from us we sometimes experience the emotion of fear. This may be because we do … Continue reading

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Book Write-Up: Forgiveness and Justice

Bryan Maier.  Forgiveness and Justice: A Christian Approach.  Kregel, 2017.  See here to purchase the book. Bryan Maier has a PsyD from Wheaton College Graduate School and teaches counseling and psychology at Biblical Theological Seminary.  In Forgiveness and Justice: A … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: Ten Items for 8/20/2017

For church on Sunday, I visited two services.  One was at the church that I often call the “Word of Faith” church, a label that sometimes fits and sometimes does not.  The other was at a Missouri Synod Lutheran church. … Continue reading

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