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Homosexuality: The Conversation in the United Methodist Church

Adam Hamilton is  senior pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, a congregation of 20,000 members. He recently posted a blog article captioned “The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC — Part One.” He has not yet … Continue reading

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Born of Water: Baptism as a Story that Defines Us, Part 2

We’ve all experienced our own Exodus, our own escape from slavery, our own defeat of the armies of the enemy, our own entry into the protection and leadership of God – through baptism. And this tells us how to live … Continue reading

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Pepperdine

I’d been planning on being at the Pepperdine lectureship for nearly a year now, and scheduled to teach two classes on baptism. Unfortunately, my arthritis has badly flared and I can’t handle either the flight or the walking. I was … Continue reading

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Born of Water: Baptism as a Story that Defines Us, Part 1

Over the next few days, I’m going to post some new material written for the new edition of Born of Water. Most Americans have a Western mindset, born of the Enlightenment and, long before that, the Greek philosophers. We think … Continue reading

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Born of Water Expanded

Last night, I got an unusually good night’s sleep, and I woke up realizing that I failed to conclude the book with a practical applications chapter. And so I added new chapter 14. And then I added chapter 15 (excerpts … Continue reading

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Born of Water rewritten

Back in 2002, I taught a Bible class on whether those not properly baptized are damned. I survived. I wrote up my notes and gave copies to the students. I survived that, too. By 2005, I’d turned the notes into … Continue reading

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Thought Question: Hospitality and Islam

Challenging post from Jason Micheli at Scot McKnight’s Jesus Creed blog. I’m still hiatusing (not a real word, but it should be). Here’s a key quote, but do take the time to read the whole thing. Several years ago the church … Continue reading

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On Hiatus

I think I’m going to take a break for a few days. I need to work on my Pepperdine presentation, and I’ve been a little distracted lately. Maybe it’s because I know that after the A-Day game Saturday there will … Continue reading

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The Politics of Gay Marriage (Democracy)

We imagine that the Bible does not address Christians in a democracy because democracy was invented by America. Not so. Athens was a democracy (of sorts) going back to 507 BC. However, it only lasted until about 460 BC. Rome … Continue reading

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The Politics of Gay Marriage (God gave them up, Part 2)

Richard P. Hays explains the theology of Rom 1 in more detail — Homosexual activity, then, is not a provocation of “the wrath of God” (Rom. 1: 18); rather, it is a consequence of God’s decision to “give up” rebellious … Continue reading

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