Category Archives: Biblical studies

thoughts about books and topics of the Bible

The unthinkable becomes reality

Romans 5:6-15 is the epistle reading for the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (June 18, 2017). The pervasive reality of sin had always been an obstacle for humans relative to God. No amount of work or effort or wishful thinking could remove … Continue reading

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Church—some thoughts about it

Lately I have been thinking a lot about “church” —what it is, what it is not, how it functions. There are two approaches that have garnered a lot of attention. As I describe these, at this stage I am observing, … Continue reading

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Church: The Good, Bad, and Beautiful

Church is an amazing thing—created by Jesus, yet made up of sinful humans. It’s easy to overlook the essence of Church, especially when things aren’t “working” like we want it to. So, let’s step back for a few minutes and … Continue reading

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Not Chosen? — Chosen!

I am teaching Ephesians in ALTS this quarter, the third time I have done so. Instead of getting bored with it, I find that Paul’s letter is deeper than when I first read it 55 years ago, deeper than when … Continue reading

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CSB In Congregational Use

In this post I will not discuss the translation itself. Rather I will observe things about actually using the CSB translation in church settings. I began using CSB for our lectionary readings beginning with Lent, for both Sunday and Wednesday … Continue reading

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A Word of Concern

This 3rd midweek service focuses on the word “concern.” The word can be used negatively, concern about what is happening in a fearful sense. It can also be used positively, noticing what is happening and having concern (and care) for those … Continue reading

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“See How They Love One Another”

Love— a big topic! The word is often misunderstood, misused, abused, twisted. And yet in the current debacle of love (in both the church and the world), there is a genuine love based on truth. What we in the church … Continue reading

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