Category: Bible Studies


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“Emergent Evangelical” – Can I Be Both?

A friend recently asked what it means that I use “emergent evangelical” as my religious affiliation on FaceBook. So here’s a look at what the phrase means to me. I. “Evangelicals” Today...

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And Now? Hard Times and Good News.

Bad News Warren Buffett, the widely respected Omaha multi-billionaire, used the phrase “Pearl Harbor” to describe the significance of our nation’s current economic crisis, a phrase he has never before used about the...

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“The Path of Christ …” to the Power of God

The Lamb that was slain is worthy to receive power. The path of Christ, the political commitment to – truth, – servanthood, – proclamation, and – suffering love, is despite appearances, the channel of the...

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6 of My Favorite Scriptures, with Questions: A Guided Reading (Meditation)

Daily Bible Readings, with Questions (These are handed out in the bulletin on Sunday mornings; I select the readings to follow up on the sermon. The questions are just to help us get into each selection. This is the list from...

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Economic Judgment Coming, or Repentance – or Both?

The prior post (“Twillight of the Gods – Greed and Money“) mentioned increasing economic distress throughout our nation. This is for real. I expect it will continue, though the extent to which it spreads and...

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What Jesus Emphasized Is Not What Churches Like to Emphasize

John Howard Yoder vigorously believes that Jesus’ teaching was very practical and very this-worldly. The spiritual, metaphysical, theological, religious meaning of his life and teaching – in Jesus’ mind and in...

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Prayer: Paying Personal Attention to God

At a pastors’ seminar recently I bought two books on prayer. Another pastor asked me to give him my reaction to one of them when I’d read it, so here goes. (I’ll review the other one in a few days.) First I got...

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Religion in Government 20 Years Ago

When I spend 10 minutes stretching my back on my inversion table I often read poetry or old cartoon books. This is from Tom Toles’ Mr. Gazoo: A Cartoon History of the Reagan Era, 1987. Ronald Reagan (runninng up the steps...

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Isaiah, with Question: “Where Will You Leave Your Riches?”

Isaiah 10:1-3 (emphasis added) Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and...

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“Thy Kingdom Come” – What’s That Like?

What does the Kingdom of God look like? Some of us pray every Sunday for it to come – “Thy Kingdom come.” What do we think we’ll be seeing when it really is coming? Andre Trocme says this about it: Jesus...

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Andre Trocme Sees A Non-Sectarian Jesus

Andre Trocme was a pastor in Nazi-occupied France. He and his small town risked their lives – and some lost their lives – to save many hundreds of Jews from the Nazis. He wrote this in a book about Jesus published a...

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Six Secrets of Success

Some of us spent some time discussing John 15 Sunday morning. In the blockquote are some excerpts from the chapter, to refresh our memories. Then there are six “simple” principles that stand out to me from the...

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A Prayer About Intimacy, Beauty, and Spiritual Reality

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 is unusual – for it’s length and for its “flavor.” It is relatively long. Actually, it’s short by the standards of some preachers, but it’s long by New Testament...

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Jesus – A Savior AND A Man Worth Learning

Last night I was doing a little review-browsing in a book I used a few years ago – a text for a “Life and Teachings of Jesus” class at the community college. The book is Living Jesus: Learning the Heart of the...

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Who Would Jesus Torture?

I’m just wondering. Who would JESUS torture? I mean the real Jesus of the Gospels, not the Jesus of “Left Behind” or any other fiction, nor the Jesus of Pat Robertson or any other compromised...

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