Noble poetry and some good morals

While we’re on the subject of the gospel and the Gospels, I was excited to hear about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope to be build in the mountains of Chile. This promises major breakthroughs in New Testament scholarship. With this massive new … What? Ohhh. Well, that’s pretty cool too. Cliff Vaughn offers a list [Read More...]

Some blood-drenched history

“It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.” — Mark Twain, Letters From the Earth I did a disservice to Richard Beck’s chapel lecture on Judges 19 by linking [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

1 John 4:7-12 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that [Read More...]

Blessed are the poor in spirit and rich in assets

The “Beatitudes” — a list of blessings and woes attributed to Jesus — are listed in two of the Gospels of the New Testament. Well, sort of. The version in Matthew’s Gospel doesn’t include the woes. Matthew’s version is also fuzzier — less concrete and forthright — than the version in Luke. Here’s Luke’s version: [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

Lisa Sharon Harper: “Black Evangelicals, White Evangelicals and Franklin Graham’s Repentance“ I sat down for a pleasant meal in the home of two great friends — one of them a white evangelical faith leader deeply committed to social justice. Well into the evening’s conversation —when we’d dropped all our pretenses and our exchanges moved well [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

1 John 3:11-18 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We must not be like Cain who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be [Read More...]

‘On that day when you go in to hide in an inner chamber’

So, OK, this post will be about a story from the Bible, but it’s not really about religion or theology or biblical studies. It’s about stories. There’s a really good story in 1 Kings 22. Let me explain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up. Ahab, the wicked king of Israel, wants to [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

1 John 2:7-11 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and [Read More...]


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