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The Covid

Can we just drop the 19? There aren’t many other covids to confuse it with. Economists estimate that we can save $2.4 billion in ink and labor costs. I’ve been thinking about the covid in the big picture, the stuff we either don’t think about or don’t talk about. In the short run, I’m proud […]

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Doing the Work of God

I heard a story on NPR yesterday that horrified me until I started to understand why God is allowing it. ISIS, everyone’s favorite bad guys, have been displaying remarkable diversity when choosing murder victims. In addition to Christians and other religious groups, they have been uploading videos of their efforts to rid the caliphate of […]

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Heroic

When I think of the image I have of God, or at least of his actions and disposition, the word I think of first has come to be┬áheroic. My heroic God and our heroic God. Although my idea of heroic isn’t the same as most people’s idea. I imagine most of us think of a […]

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First Let’s Kill All The Liars

The title of this post is a play on a line from Shakespeare’s King Lear. First let’s kill all the lawyers. Perhaps I shouldn’t start by joking because I want to talk about a very sad story. Yesterday I read about a grandmother who was sentenced to life in prison for killing her granddaughter, and […]

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Religion of Peace Part 5

We’ve been thinking about how the meanings of certain passages are changed over time, when God has finally made us ready to perceive them in a new way. We looked at Jesus and Isaiah as they told us we would see and hear parts of God’s word but not understand them. We surmised that God […]

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Religion of Peace Part 4

I want to show you something from the Bible that I find startling. I think God has designed the Bible to progressively reveal slightly different aspects of His Plan as we are ready to receive them. In my mind it is truly the living word. When John tells us Jesus is the living Word, it […]

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Religion of Peace Part 3

In the first two parts, I hypothesized that God deals with people sympathetically. He knows how we think and feel and act, and caters his actions to our capabilities. And he is always working to make us capable of more. This resulted in the historical and ethical incongruity we know as the slaughter of the […]

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Religion of Peace Part 2

Last time we looked at the LORD’s command to wipe out the descendants of Amalek and how it was congruent with the more violent outlook of people back then. David regularly wiped out all the people of the towns he raided so as not to leave witnesses. A thousand years later, the Romans still followed […]

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Religion of Peace?

You might think I refer here to Islam, but no. Islam is caught up in a hopelessly anachronistic attempt to revive its fortunes by the classic power move. Its leaders blame its failures on its adherents. If only they were purer, better, like those seventh and eighth century followers, Islam could return to its former […]

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Kindness is Wrong

What kind of world are we making for ourselves? When did being kind to another human become wrong? You know what I’m talking about. The Bible doesn’t talk much about pizza or wedding cakes, so we’re pretty much on our own, but again, when is it wrong to be nice? I just can’t get past […]

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