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Do You Have a Radical Message?

Mark 1:1-9           I think I have figured out why John the Baptist was such a radical person. Think about it. Who were his parents? Elizabeth and Zechariah. Zechariah was a priest, and it’s a lot of pressure, to be … Continue reading

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Love as Good-Will

            Agapē-love is a choice we make. We make it because we admire and respect a person, and thereby become self-denying in our devotion to him or her. This is often the basis of the … Continue reading

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Continuing Reform in the Church

            Changing one word in the New Testament could help the church reform itself and redefine its mission. But will anyone listen? Late in the twentieth century, popular study Bibles began suggesting the beloved concept … Continue reading

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Christians — Agents For Change

Matt. 22:34-46      Circumstances in my early days of ministry led me to write a book of prayers based on the sermons of Martin Luther. I’d been a Lutheran for fifty-five years, but by reading his sermons and writing these … Continue reading

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St. Paul’s Advice on Premarital Sex

1 Cor. 7:36-38      So, does the apostle Paul say anything about premarital sex? I think he addresses a specific component of it in the seventh chapter to the Corinthians. However, one cannot make wide generalizations about what he … Continue reading

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New Translations of Paul by Paul

  It’s been a while since I’ve posted – not because I’m not working but because I’m working on what I think is a more accurate translation of the apostle Paul’s letters. Why the heck am I doing that? I … Continue reading

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Who Enters the Kingdom First?

Matt. 21:23-32       In my book about the kingdom of heaven for today, I wrote a chapter listing the people who the apostle Paul and Jesus said would not inherit the kingdom. This is Jesus’s list:  (1) Those who … Continue reading

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Binding and Loosing in Love

Matt. 18:15-20       What does it mean to bind something on earth or to loose something on earth? And how will our binding and loosing have an effect in heaven?      It’s no accident that this text on binding and … Continue reading

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Healing the Disease of Racism

       It’s time I weighed in on racism. I went to my weekly spiritually gathering last night and a topic came up concerning how one might deal with problems in the world. One suggestion from ancient wisdom teachings is … Continue reading

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What Does Perishing Mean?

       My interest in the Greek text and the English translations has led me to conclude that translation is more subjective than most people think. Most notably are the translations of the divorce and remarriage texts that I … Continue reading

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