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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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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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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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Was Jesus A Political Figure?

Here’s a condensation of Martin’s recent comment about Christians being engaged in political activity. I’ve made a few changes for the sake of flow. Obviously I think it is worth our while. Here are a couple of...

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The Lamb and the Dove – Powerful Symbols

[The pictures are missing. Temporarily I hope.] The pictures in the upper corners of this site of the Lamb and the Dove are significant to me because they refer my mind and heart to what are to me very fundamental theological...

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Wallis on Bonhoeffer: “a real Christ critical of the majority culture”

Here’s Jim Wallis discussing his first encounters with the writings of Bonhoeffer, “through reading his books as a young seminarian.” “I had just come back to Jesus after rejecting my childhood faith and...

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Jesus Came Down His “Own Secret Stair”

Here’s our hands-down all-time favorite Christmas poem, with our paraphrase following. Little Baby Thing They all were looking for a king to slay their foes and lift them high. Thou cam’st a little baby thing that...

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Is It Good – Is It Safe – for Christians to Run For Public Office?

These remarks appeared in a comment on this site recently. I can agree with so much of what you say. But I wonder why you would put yourself in the position to be either slaughtered, or possibly corrupted by the big American...

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Jesus on “Some Who Were Confident of Their Own Righteousness.” Not pretty.

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everybody else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. “The Pharisee...

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Jesus, the People, and the Powers

This is my “wrap-up” commentary for this week’s Bible meditation passage (at our BibleWeek site). In this excerpt (Luke 19:37-48) Jesus enters Jerusalem experiencing public praise and official contempt and...

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on Bankruptcy is our Congress “Grossly Wicked”? Jesus Calls Its Values “Detestable”.

Here’s part of a recent email from moveon.org. It uses the word “heinous” about this bankruptcy bill – that means “grossly wicked or abominable.” Would our dear leaders ever do anything...

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Easter, & The Cross, The Deliberate Holy Strategy of God

Today is Easter. Here in honor of that memorial are some difficult but worthy lines from one of my favorite thinkers (from The Person and Place of Jesus Christ, Peter Taylor Forsyth, 1909, London). What is truly human is not...

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Jesus Wept Over Present and Coming Destructions

A comment added to the “Many Christians Do Not Vote Republican” post below mentioned how some Bible-thumpers seem to welcome the idea of catastrophe, apocalypse, or Armageddon, and even feel they should help bring it...

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Hark! the Herald Angels Sang! — At the Wrong Place

Here’s an op-ed type piece I wrote last Christmas about God’s strange approach to public relations issues that first Christmas. Christmas: God’s public relations problem by Larry Harvey, published in Southwest...

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A New Litmus Test: Do What He Taught

Barb writes: As a general rule, I do not advocate a tit-for-tat response to the Christian right and their dogma. I oppose the very idea of drawing a line in the sand on abortion or any other issue. I have already said this in...

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Lying Leaders and Jesus

September 22, 2004 Certain key leaders bribe, lie, manipulate and destroy while others just go on doing good. Sounds like today, but we also find that pattern at the end of the Gospel according to Matthew(Mt 28:12-20)....

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Confessing Christ Against America’s ‘Theology of War’

Nov 6, 2004 In Germany in the 20’s and 30’s many “German Christians” sold their hearts to unquestioning support of the German state and it’s aggressive foreign policy. Some more attentive Christians...

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Jesus’ Homecoming Sermon

He emphasizes the lower classes (“the poor”), incarceration – detention (“freedom for the prisoners”), health care (“sight for the blind”), and economic and political evils...

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Learning Jesus

May 11, 2004 I just finished teaching a community college course on “The Life and Teachings of Jesus.” I was impressed to see that people actually changed during the semester. We just discussed what we read in the...

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