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Prophets of God

He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. … Continue reading

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I am not a city person – I find the great outdoors far more interesting. Sometimes we are lucky and the great outdoor comes to us! Saturday morning we were treated to a window seat as ‘nature’ took its course. … Continue reading

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About Restoring People!

The miracles and wonders recorded in the Gospels are not mystical proofs of the divinity of Jesus or an apologetic argument for Christian faith. Yet they are an essential part of the story. Luke Timothy Johnson, in his recent book … Continue reading

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Doesn’t Christianity Condone Slavery?

This is the next question raised in Rebecca McLaughlin’s recent book Confronting Christianity: 12 Hard Questions for the World’s Largest Religion. On this question, I take a slightly different tack from that taken by Rebecca. To start to explore this … Continue reading

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How Can You?

Merriam-Webster defines a miracle as “an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs.“ How can a modern, educated Western adult believe in miracles? More personally, How can a scientist believe in miracles? Isn’t believing scientist something of an oxymoron? … Continue reading

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Lines and Circles?

We all prefer friends who are just like us … personality, age, education, social class, marital status, politics. This is simply human nature it appears – with both good and bad consequences. We tend to self-segregate. Should the church be … Continue reading

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In Stephen Jay Gould’s short book Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life he outlines the concept of non-overlapping magisteria (NOMA), an important concept in the discussion of science and Christian faith. On one level, the … Continue reading

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