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Keeping It Local

Keeping Church Local, by Mike Glenn Recently, America has been captivated by the “farm to table” movement in restaurants and grocery shopping. According to this movement, the closer your vegetables are grown to the place where they’re eaten, the better the taste will be. There will be no processing, canning or artificial anything added to […]



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Romans 13, Pence, Session …

I have been on a tour with Northern Seminary’s MA in New Testament students through Turkey, Greece, and Italy (Pompeii and Rome), so I have been out of the loop on the discussion in the USA about separating children from parents. In the Trump administration a few have commented on listening to the federal government […]



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The Unfolding Pattern (RJS)

We’ve been working through The Lost World of the Flood: Mythology, Theology and the Deluge Debate by Tremper Longman III and John Walton. They summarize: Our view has been laid out: a real flood of universal impact was the impetus for the story found in Genesis 6-9, which depicts this flood, using hyperbole, as a […]



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Daily Prayer for June 7

monarch butterfly on honeysuckle

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:1–2, NIV

Lord our God, our refuge forever, bless us who have gathered in your presence and who turn to you in all distress, not only in our personal need but also in the distress of the nations and peoples of the whole world. Grant that we may be your children, with a simple faith that gives us strength to go on working even when life is bitterly hard. We thank you for giving us so much grace, for helping us and never forsaking us, so that again and again we can find joy and can glorify and praise you, our Father. May your name be praised from heaven above and among us here below. May your name be praised by all people throughout the world, and may everyone on earth acknowledge you and receive all that they need from you. Amen.


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Today: Blue Parakeet!

Today the fully revised second edition of Blue Parakeet is available. I’ve been asked a dozen times or more, What’s new in the Blue Parakeet? This is a book about reading the Bible, about bad reading habits — like making the Bible into a Rorschach inkblot where we see what we are looking for — […]



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So What’s New In The New Blue Parakeet?

I’ve been asked a dozen times or more, What’s new in the Blue Parakeet? This is a book about reading the Bible, about bad reading habits — like making the Bible into a Rorschach inkblot where we see what we are looking for — and good reading habits — like knowing the story of the […]



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The Essential Word (RJS)

When do differences in detail cast doubt on the whole story? I’ve been reading through both The Lost World of Scripture by John Walton and Brent Sandy and The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman and John Walton … fascinating and thought provoking books. Last week I posted the first book with a […]



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It is Hyperbole. (RJS)

We’ve been reading through The Lost World of the Flood by Tremper Longman III and John Walton. We now get to a couple of propositions that may take some getting used to and some careful thought. Tremper and John agree with Ken Ham (who has built The Ark Encounter) that the there a real historical […]



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It is Hyperbole. (RJS)


Daily Prayer for May 14

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2, NIV

Lord our God, almighty and holy One, whose glory shines upon the earth so that we may find joy in you and may live rejoicing in all your loving-kindness, spread out your hands in blessing over all people. Spread your blessing over the happy and the sad, over the courageous and the weak. Shepherd them in your love, in the great grace you have given through Jesus Christ, confirmed in us through the Holy Spirit. Do not let us remain degraded and worthless. Lift our hearts above what is transitory, for you have given us something eternal to live by. Help us every day so that we can reach the goal you have set for us, for many others, and finally for all peoples of the earth. Amen.


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Question: Should Catholics Permit Marriage For Priests?

The rule has been no celibacy, no priestly ordination. Apart from the historic exceptions — e.g., to name but one, Anglican married priest who converts to Catholicism can become a married Catholic priest — there are no exceptions. We are back to David Steinmetz, Taking the Long View, and he opens his response to the celibacy […]



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Question: Should Catholics Permit Marriage For Priests?