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Rhetoric for Impact or Commands?

Does faith in Jesus call women to stay with an abusive husband, men to mutilate themselves, and all of us to take a vow of poverty? The teachings of Jesus in passages like those below have been interpreted in this … Continue reading

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There are not Enough Rules

At our church we have been studying the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. The focus is on the broad overview of the sermon as a carefully assembled whole and also a detailed look … Continue reading

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Lord, Grant us Wisdom

This has been a hard year. No one likes uncertainty, but this has been a year where uncertainty rules. We are not in control and we cannot force reality to follow our rules, or declare the virus out of existence. … Continue reading

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When God Began to Create?

Genesis 1:1-3.¬† We all know it – and it is crystal clear, right? In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. … Continue reading

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Of Pine Nuts, Acorns, and Mustard Seeds

February was a busy month in our household, but it is now time to get back to The Bible & Ancient Science¬† by Denis Lamoureux. What is the message of the Bible? Denis finds that for him “reading the Bible … Continue reading

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The Message is Spiritual

In The Bible & Ancient Science¬† and his other books Denis Lamoureux argues that the ancient cosmology and phenomenology is incidental to the text. The Bible makes statements about nature. In these statements, the message lies in spiritual truths not … Continue reading

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A Flat Earth?

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 Is the earth roughly spherical, orbiting around the much more massive sun, with a far less massive moon orbiting the earth? Is the … Continue reading

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Literally a Matter of Interpretation

Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. As Christians we take the bible seriously as the Word of God. It provides touchstone through which we can discern the will and ways of God. Paul … Continue reading

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Character Matters

I had every intention of posting on Daniel Lamoureux’s book last Thursday. Diving once again into the questions of science and Christian faith. And then I couldn’t. I have seen Micah 6:8 quoted several times in the last few days. … Continue reading

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Welcome 2021!

Fall 2020 was a tough semester. Last winter, before COVID-19 became a household word, I agreed to double teach in the Fall to fill a need in our department. (In exchange I have a light load this winter term.) Teaching … Continue reading

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