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Why we don’t believe in Miracles

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Why I am still a Christian, even when 2 Kings 3 says God helped a petty tyrant continue to enslave Moab

Bart Campolo’s De-conversion We’re in a cultural moment when many people are leaving an overt religious commitment either for a looser spirituality or non-theism entirely. A high profile example of this has been Bart Campolo, the son of a famous … Continue reading

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Why we like, or don’t like a Bible story where God smites soldiers just following orders.

2 Kings 1 is another in a series of stories that on one level thrills us but also bothers people.  Ahaziah falls through the lattice. He’s not a Calvinist, arising and saying “glad that’s over”. Instead he wants to know … Continue reading

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Is this art? Is this goodness? Is this how God saves and rescues us as we de-construct the world?

Art Prize When I was in Grand Rapids MI last week I caught the tail end of Art Prize, which is a pretty big deal. A number of civic minded philanthropists and business owners sponsor some significant cash prizes for … Continue reading

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How Ahab is exposed to be a petty thief rather than a king by sparing a life, and how another is shown to be a king as he is executed with brigands.

The Walking Dead (spoiler alert) Season 6 ended with meeting Negan. I have seldom seen a portrayal of evil as compelling as Negan. The situation is simple. Rick and the company of survivors we’ve been following are now vassals of … Continue reading

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Elijah Slaughters the Priests of Baal

I’m preaching this week on 1 Kings 18, that great passage of prophetic confrontation. It is paradigmatic of prophetic confrontation. Here we finally had binary “proof” that Yhwh is God and Baal was not and after the big showdown Elijah … Continue reading

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Israelite Oracles vs. other ANE Oracles

Notes: Israel indictment oracles are far more common than in ANE oracles. Israel oracles most often call for covenant faithfulness while ANE oracles most often call for ritual faithfulness Israel prophets are covenant enforcers while ANE prophets are ritual enforcers. … Continue reading

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