Tag Archives: the Gospel of John

Why the Resurrected Jesus tells Mary to stop clinging and why this dislocates us from the deadly center of the story

Personal Apocalypse One of the most popular stories in the Wall Street Journal this week is about Charles Murphy. This is how the article was titled Wall Street Made Charles Murphy Successful and Rich, but Happiness Eluded Him After his apparent … Continue reading

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Can you still trust Jesus if he intentionally let Lazarus die and his sisters suffer that trauma?

What did Jesus Want to Accomplish by Raising Lazarus from the Dead? Our story today is a well known one. Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Now you may not believe this ever happened, your may believe it did. But … Continue reading

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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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Why the Poor Are Always Us and Why Mary Was the Best Disciple

  Poverty “Larry” (I have no idea if this was his legal name) used to sleep under a bush in the back lawn of the church more than a decade ago. He painted apartments for a guy who needed to … Continue reading

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Why the Golden Rule is both Dysfunctional Tyranny and Invitation to Joy

Presenting at the Art Institute Every few months a friend of mine invites me to present Christianity in his class “Myth, Ritual and Magic” at the Art Institute of Sacramento. I love presenting in that context. The classes are filled … Continue reading

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Sickness Unto Death

Why Didn’t Jesus Just Start Raising Lots of People? We saw with the Iranian Cleric raising the dead thought experiment that a person possessing this kind of power walking around among us would almost certainly provoke us to kill this person … Continue reading

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