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Hank’s Questions about the Personal Indwelling of the Spirit, Part 2

3) When Jesus said that the greatest command was to love God and their neighbors with ALL of their heart, did he believe that they could do that back then (without yet “having” the HS), as much as we can … Continue reading

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Hank’s Questions about the Personal Indwelling of the Spirit, Part 1

I get emails. These are two emails from long-time reader and commenter Hank. I answer at some length because they hit on themes I’ve been covering in other contexts, and give me an excuse to tie these themes together. Email … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 7 (Tying It All Together)

Tentative conclusions So is it right for the federal government to make certain that immigrants — even refugees — have no criminal history or otherwise pose no threat to the safety of the US? Absolutely. It would be a failure … Continue reading

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The Revelation: A Different Kind of Apocalypse, by Ben Witherington

In a recent post, Larry Hurtado, writing for Ben Witherington’s blog, points out how the Revelation differs from other apocalyptic literature. I’ve not seen these points made in the commentaries and other books I read in putting together the recent … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 6 (Bridges and Walls)

So let’s return to where we began, with the Pope’s declaration — A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not the gospel. We need to avoid … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 5 (Hospitality in the Early Church)

Paige Gutacker has written a nice summary of hospitality as practiced in Greco-Roman society, the Jews, and the early Christians. I skip to her comparison of Christian hospitality to that practiced by the other groups — While the provisions of … Continue reading

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C. S. Lewis’ Radio Broadcasts with Line Drawings

I found these thanks to my friend Robert Lingle, who uses these in teaching teenage Bible class. There are several other C. S. Lewis line drawing presentations on YouTube, easily found. May God bless those who teach the Bible to … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 4 (Hospitality in Scripture)

The Torah’s encouragement of sojourners in the Promised Land is a natural consequence of the hospitality expected in the Ancient Near East. Abraham was legendary for his hospitality, as evidenced by his treatment of three strangers, one of whom turned out … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 3 (What’s a Sojourner?)

The Torah contains many commands regarding sojourners, treating them as a vulnerable class that God especially is concerned to protect. For example, (Exod. 22:21-24 ESV) 21 “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the … Continue reading

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On Sojourners, Walls, and Illegal Aliens, Part 2 (Nehemiah Rebuilds the Wall)

The OT book of Nehemiah is remarkably readable — and I’ve just read it. It recounts the story of Nehemiah, cup bearer to the king of Persia. After the Southern Kingdom (Judah) was taken into Babylonian Captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, the … Continue reading

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