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1 Corinthians 7:29-35 (living as though Jesus will return tomorrow)

We are continuing to work our way through 1 Corinthians after having been interrupted by a couple of surgeries and a much needed vacation. (1Co 7:29-31 ESV) 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very … Continue reading

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Words from Phyllis Trible: Jacob Wrestles with God

In the September/October issue of the Biblical Archaeology Review, Phyllis Trible, a professor of sacred literature at Union Theological Seminary, discusses the strange account of Jacob wrestling with the God (or a man or an angel — it’s not so clear). … Continue reading

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Brady Toops: “O For Grace”

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 5

We are continuing to reflect on N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. The impact of Wright’s teaching on the Churches of Christ and the church in America, regardless of denomination, should be simple and yet profound. Like … Continue reading

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Brady Toops: “By the River”

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Well, my granddaughter is. Not that she can even say “football.” But she’s already learned to dress for the occasion. And she is quite the trendsetter. No doubt all the coeds will follow suit and wear houndstooth elephant bows to the all … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 4

Perhaps the central teaching of Paul and the Faithfulness of God is that Paul was essentially a Second Temple period Jewish thinker, steeped in the Scriptures, and absolutely persuaded that Jesus is the Messiah promised by the prophets and that the … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 3

I’m continuing to attempt to summarize N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God. It’s rather like attempting to summarize the Encyclopedia Britannica — or for my younger readers, the Wikipedia. Wright’s book is truly encyclopedic (or Wikipedic). And so … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 2

Chapters 3-5 of the book are all about the Greco-Roman world in which Paul worked. It’s history — and I love it. I’m a history buff. The significance for Paul’s writings is not as obvious as the Jewish background covered in chapter … Continue reading

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I finished N. T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God! Part 1

It’s been nearly a year and 7 hospitalizations since my copy arrived from Amazon on November 6, 2013, but I finally finished the 1,700-page book. Having a one-week vacation helped, but what helped more was Amazon’s offer to sell me … Continue reading

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