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Weekly Meanderings, 13 October 2018

One week comes to its end and a new week is about to begin: Tuesday Kris and I fly for the rest of the week to Dublin Ireland for a conference called Rubicon. Creative sand art: (CNN) — If you’ve been frequenting the sandy beaches along the rugged, Welsh Pembrokeshire Coast in Britain, you might have […]



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Weekly Meanderings, 13 October 2018


Taking Love For Granted

By Mike Glenn Taking Love for Granted Every once in a while, a couple will come by and talk to me about their marriage. Things aren’t the same, they’ll tell me and they’ll wonder if they’re “falling out of love”. What seems to be the problem? Nothing, they’ll say. Everything, they’ll tell me. Give me […]



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Taking Love For Granted


Suffered, Died, Descended (RJS)

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. The next clause of the Apostles’ creed focuses on the death of Jesus the Christ. The first line reiterates his life and place in history. Ben Myers (The Apostles’ Creed) focuses on the word suffered. This word emphasizes the […]



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Alan Jacobs And Marilynne Robinson’s Faith

From LARB: Do you think that traditionalist or orthodox Christian thinkers have a hard time accepting liberal Christians like Robinson as “serious,” or “real,” Christians? Or, as you implied, is that very much a two-way street? It’s true, and it’s a complex point. I would say that there are many, many small-“o” orthodox Christians who’ve […]



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Alan Jacobs And Marilynne Robinson’s Faith


Transients In The Empire

In our series on the patristic writings, we return to 2 Clement. Our series uses for its text Michael Holmes, The Apostolic Fathers. What’s 2 Clement about? It’s an exhortation to faithfulness to the way of Christ in the face of threats like gnosticism, false teachers and rebellion against leaders. I reads like a sermon. He […]



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Transients In The Empire


Prophecy As Miracle

Luke Timothy Johnson connects — with theological force and accuracy — prophecy to miracle; in Luke Timothy Johnson’s, Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation. What Johnson says here is why it is so unhelpful for so many today to equate the “prophetic” with criticism of the federal, state or local government. To be prophetic […]



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All Authority? (RJS)

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And […]



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All Authority? (RJS)


Letters To The Churches

That most confusing of all NT books, the Book of Revelation, contains seven letters to seven churches in chapters 2-3, and we are looking at Revelation with the helpfof Craig Koester in Revelation and the End of All Things and Ian Paul, Revelation. Each letter has a similar structure, and I take this from Ian Paul: […]



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Letters To The Churches


Abuse Prevention: Start Here

By Becky Castle Miller From Christians for Biblical Equality Abuse is an abstract concept for many people, and it’s a word heavy with cultural misconceptions. When talking about abuse, I’ve learned to bridge the communication gap by defining and describing it: abuse is a pattern of coercive control based in an abuser’s feeling of entitlement to power over another person. An […]



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Abuse Prevention: Start Here