From Ghoul to Yule (We’re Just Not Halloween People)


Christian Life, Church Life, Current Events
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In the 21st century the holiday season begins when summer ends. Stores capitalize on the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s Eve sales boon.  The summer landscape transforms into a graveyard that quickchanges into the North Pole.  Spider webs give way to icicles.  Zombies concede the lawn to reindeer.  Strobe lights dim into candles.  Tombstones become nativities.  Ghostly shrills quiet into carols.  Candy […]

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October 31, 2017

The Women of Easter Sabbath


Biblical Meditations, Luke, Theology
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“It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.  Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.  Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes.  And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment” (Lk 23.54-56). Luke […]

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April 14, 2017

The Masculine Gospel: All Girls Allowed


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, Galatians, Romans, The Gospel, Theology
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“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal 4.7). The gospel of Jesus Christ is decidedly masculine but it is neither discriminatory nor chauvinist.  In fact, the glory of the gospel is wrapped up in its masculinity rightly understood.  Given the context of […]

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March 8, 2017

You Can Go Hungry by Christ’s Strength


Biblical Meditations, Philippians
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“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4.13) We love Bible verses that seem to amplify our abilities.  I love anything that tells me I have greatness inside me.  And if God himself tells me I can shoot for the stars then, well, who is to argue?  If Jesus strengthens me […]

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March 4, 2017

Growing Up Roe


Christian Life, Current Events
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I was born in October 1973.  That means I was conceived (yuk!) sometime in January 1973 when seven Supreme Court justices gave birth to twins: Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton.  On January 22, 1973, Roe was born just minutes before Doe.  And abortion became a constitutional right that day. You could say we have all […]

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January 20, 2017