Category Archives: Questions

Puzzled about Baptism

We had a baptism at church this morning!  And, as has happened more than once when my church has had a baptism (see, for example, my post here), I became confused about baptism! Here are two items: 1.  The liturgy … Continue reading

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Is Christianity Deep and Profound?

A question that I asked myself at church this morning is this: Is Christianity really that deep and profound of a religion?   My pastor was saying that it is.  And our liturgy and Psalm 139 say that God has numerous … Continue reading

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Purification of Body and Soul

On page 287 of Verus Israel (translated into the English by H. McKeating), Marcel Simon talks about how ancient Christians distinguished Jewish baptism from Christian baptism: “Sometime when they use the word baptism they are thinking of the regular ablutions, … Continue reading

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Psalm 119: Nun

In Psalm 119:106, we read: “I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments” (KJV). This verse puzzled me.  A person is swearing that he will keep God’s word!  That’s pretty serious, considering how … Continue reading

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When to Stay, and When to Quit (BTW—-Don’t Read Too Much Into This Post!)

When should you stick with something, and when should you quit?  I don’t think that there’s always a right or a wrong answer on what you should do and when.  There are positives and there are negatives, and you get … Continue reading

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Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit Revisited

Someone at church this morning asked me what I thought about the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.  In the course of our conversation, he and I agreed that God doesn’t condemn or forsake people for being mad at God, for … Continue reading

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If People Can’t Help What They Believe…

My latest reading of George Marsden’s Jonathan Edwards: A Life covered a variety of topics: the growing influence of Anglicanism in early eighteenth New England, which concerned a number of Puritans; Jonathan Edwards’ prophetic speculation, as he calculated that Christ … Continue reading

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Tensions

The sermon at church this morning was good because the pastor in his sermon was really highlighting some tensions.  He was preaching about John 17, in which Jesus radically distinguishes his own from the world.  Here are some points that … Continue reading

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Greeting; Common Sense and Divine Revelation

I have two items for my write-up today on Joseph Telushkin’s A Code of Jewish Ethics, volume 1: You Shall Be Holy. 1.  On page 118, Telushkin talks about greeting people.  He quotes Babylonian Talmud 17a, which says that Rabbi … Continue reading

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Spiritual Children; Tithe in Judaism; Divine Retribution or Time and Chance?

I started Rabbi Joseph Telushkin’s A Code of Jewish Ethics, volume 1: You Shall Be Holy.  I won’t be doing this book justice in my write-ups about it, since it has so much in it: ancient and modern stories, personal … Continue reading

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