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The Salvation of the Jews: Grace Abounding

Ponder for a moment this passage — (Rom 5:20-21 ESV)  20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might … Continue reading

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Christology: “Did Jesus Know Everything?”

Interesting post from Peter Enns over at “Jesus Creed.” He raises an issue from Raymond E. Brown’s book Jesus: God and Man : Modern Biblical Reflections. A Jesus who walked through the world knowing exactly what the morrow would bring, knowing … Continue reading

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Suicide and the Unforgivable Sin

I get emails — I have recently learned that the greatest part of the grieving from my friend’s son’s suicide comes from her belief that he son is eternally lost. She was taught that suicide is a sin and there can be no … Continue reading

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The Salvation of the Jews: Introduction

So we’ve covered Exile and Repentance in the last series, discussing how the Old Testament (or First Testament) led up to the events of Pentecost and the coming of the Kingdom. Hopefully, we gained a better sense of how the … Continue reading

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How to Study the Bible: Context according to Richard Beck

It’s amazing how our reading of the Scriptures is colored by our own prejudices and background. Richard Beck, at “Experimental Theology,” offers a reading of James’ famous passage on faith and works that I’d never heard before. But he just … Continue reading

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Exile and Repentance, Part 19 (Conclusions, Part 2)

Of course, an element of all of this has to be social justice. Well … “social justice” isn’t really the best term and is likely more confusing than helpful. In the Law and the Prophets, the repeatedly stated reasons for the Exile … Continue reading

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Exile and Repentance, Part 19 (Conclusions, Part 1)

“Exile and Repentance” seems rather an odd topic for a single blog post, much less a ridiculous 19 posts (so far). But I hope that the series has helped us all see scriptures in a new light. It’s not that … Continue reading

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Exile and Repentance, Part 18 (Acts 5, 11, 17 & 20)

Acts 5 We’ll move more quickly through the rest of Acts, just to show how this understanding of the scriptures makes better sense of the text than our usual reading. For example, when the Sanhedrin called the apostles in for … Continue reading

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“They Shall Know Us By Our Parties”

Interesting recent article at Her.meneutics, a blog connected to Christianity Today. I first thought that the caption was ironic or sardonic (I have trouble telling the difference). Surely the author intended to criticize the partyingfellowshipping ways of evangelical Christianity. But … Continue reading

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Exile and Repentance, Part 17 (Acts 2, Part 3; Acts 3)

Faith and repentance So Peter asked the devout crowd in Jerusalem to repent. They were good and religious Jews, but they had no faith in Jesus as Messiah — and to turn to God, they had to turn to Jesus. … Continue reading

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