Category Archives: On the way to Sunday’s sermon

How Jesus Rescued a Socially Outcast Woman across Gender, Ethnic and Religious Battle Lines and showed himself to be Lord of All

Globalization-Pluralism-Skepticism  In his book Getting Religion Kenneth Woodward, former religion editor at Newsweek Magazine reviews the religious movements, trends and changes he observed in America from the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s up to the Obama administration. The list of formal, … Continue reading

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Born from Above by the Man from Heaven in a Pluralistic World

The Great Birkini Debate This past summer the debate about religious clothing in France reached a global audience when police enforced a ban on the birkini, modest swimwear that many Muslim women were wearing. This set up the uncomfortable situation … Continue reading

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God tests all he calls. We who are called must pass his tests, even as we stumble.

“God’s calling must be tested and his servants must pass the test” That’s from Craig Keener’s commentary on the book of Matthew and I think it’s true. The moment we raise the question of God testing people objections emerge. “A … Continue reading

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A Life That Can Stand Up To Anything

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus offers you a life that an stand up to anything.  But how can we choose when just trying to figure out what is real is so hard and divide even in basic questions … Continue reading

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Was Obama your enemy? Is Trump? Jesus says “love our enemy”. Dare you?

When Consumerism Meets the Totalitarian Culture War Does your brand of phone or clothing or hotel express whether you are part of the blue tribe or red tribe? Why would Air BNB spend probably 5 million dollars on their superbowl … Continue reading

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The Invasion of Righteousness that never fits with the culture war labels of this world

The Myth of Christian Moral Guidance The title of that Time piece was of course click-bate for me. The author goes on to make a point that should be obvious to most of us. Before the election, for instance, Pope Francis … Continue reading

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Blessed are the Unfortunates for Even They are not Safe from the Invasion of God

The Sermon on the Mount read by Virgin Eyes In the 1980s Virginia Stem Owens, a professor of English literature decided to have her students read the Sermon on the Mount in her classroom at Texas A&M. The response surprised … Continue reading

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