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...]

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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...]

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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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Matthew 7:12 In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets. [Read more...]

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1 Corinthians 13 And I will show you a still more excellent way. If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have [Read More...]

… But then again, he loves everybody

Chaplain Mike of Internet Monk offers a meditation on divine grace, beginning with this passage from Deuteronomy 7: It was not because you were more numerous than any other people that the Lord set his heart on you and chose you — for you were the fewest of all peoples. It was because the Lord [Read More...]

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Psalm 137:1-4 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ How could we sing [Read More...]