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1st Corinthians 1:18-25 (NRSV) For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will...read more
Mark 12:41-44 The Widow's Offering There seems here to be the beginning of a transition. And yet there is also a contrast* between the previous passage (the hypocrisy of the scribes) with the generous sacrifice of the poor widow here (the very group whom the scribes...read more
Mark 12:38-40 Beware! This is the third consecutive pericope in Mark where the scribes are mentioned. In 12:28-36, a scribe questions Jesus. Then in 12:35-37, Jesus takes issue with scribal interpretation of a Psalm. And finally here, we are told to "Beware of the...read more
It’s always been a head-scratcher for me — this obsession that some people seem to have with pitting various viewpoints on the Atonement against each other, as if they are mutually exclusively (and therefore bitter enemies). I’ve always seen them more as the differing...read more
Have you have been following the situation in Oroville California regarding their nearly 8 story (770’) dam? Just in case you have been in a coma California has had some amazing amounts of rainfall. This rain fall has caused the operators of the dam in Oroville to use...read more
EDITED: Note - The portion of this post that reflects the biblical text has been highly edited from the original version in order to remove a lot of technical language, and the 7th day of creation in Genesis 2:1-3 has been added. The first part was done at the...read more
“Do you know why retired pastors always sit at the back of the church?” he asked, with a knowing wink. I smile back, shaking my head. “I have absolutely no idea. Why?” His grin broadened even more, and he leaned back in his chair with a hearty laugh. “Because we can!”...read more
Before reading any further, take a moment to soak in the statement captured in the image above. In some ways, that picture+insight could simply exist as a blog post on its own, without any need for elaboration. But writers just can’t resist. My own trajectory as a...read more
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