Tag Archives: Religion

Book Write-Up: Canon and Community, by James Sanders

James A. Sanders.  Canon and Community: A Guide to Canonical Criticism.  Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984. I stumbled upon this book when I went home over a year ago for my sister’s wedding.  I was looking through the closet of my … Continue reading

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Mary, Martha, and the Bible

My church had some interesting discussions last night at our Bible study.  We’re still going through our study on the Gospel of Luke.  I’ll use as my starting-point a question on page 35 of the curriculum that we are using, … Continue reading

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Gabriel Vahanian’s The Death of God

I’ve decided to get back into reading about religious studies and theology.  It’s not that I ever stopped doing that, per se, but I’ve been reading materials for my dissertation.  I’d like to expand my knowledge about religious studies and … Continue reading

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Misuse and Use of Luke 10:21

At Bible study last night, one verse that got quoted was Luke 10:21: “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the … Continue reading

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Repentance and Forgiveness

The theme at church this morning was repentance and forgiveness.  I’m not always sure how to respond to that particular theme.  I’m told that I need to believe in Jesus to be saved.  Do I truly believe in Jesus?  How … Continue reading

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On Not Fasting This Year

In the past, I have fasted on the Day of Atonement, since I grew up in a version of Christianity in which people did so.  For the past two years, however, I have not.  And I am not fasting today.  … Continue reading

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Luke and Divine Inspiration

My church started a new Bible study last night.  We’re going through Luke: Gospel of Reassurance, with Michael Card.  The main theme last night was who Luke was and how that influenced his writing of his Gospel.  Luke was a … 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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Processing Church This Morning

I’m still processing a social encounter from church this morning.  I walked in and shook someone’s hand, asking him how he was doing.  Later, we had the passing of the peace, and I asked this same gentleman how he was … Continue reading

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Life of Pi (the Movie)

I watched Life of Pi last night, and I rewatched parts of it this morning.  Life of Pi was a reward-winning movie that was released in 2012, and it is based on a 2001 book by Yann Martel.  It is … Continue reading

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