Category Archives: Sin

WTF Part 5: Harsh Jesus

Last time, we talked about some parables where Jesus seems naïve at first blush, but upon closer examination, the stories provide profoundly comforting messages about the generosity of God and the openness of the Kingdom of Heaven. If only all of Jesus’ … Continue reading

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WTF Part 3: Is God Mean?

Sometimes, it seems like God has a sizeable mean streak. Not only when She won’t give us the snazzy stuff we feel like we need, or won’t instantly heal our infirmities, prevent our genocides or divert hurricanes away from our … Continue reading

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The (Other) S-Word Part 8: A Blast for Me

‘If any of this has been blasphemy to you, then good! Because it’s been a blast for me, too.’ I’ve referred to that quote, from 1980s Saturday Night Live writer A. Whitney Brown, a few times before, and I’m sorry … Continue reading

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The (Other) S-Word, Part 4: Double OT

The (Other) S-Word appears a lot more in the New Testament than the Old, but there’s easily enough Spirit-related material in just the Old Testament to fill a whole book. I barely scratched the surface in Part 3 of this … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Mommy

Yesterday, we took a look at the stories of four of Jesus’ Grannies included in the Genealogy of Christ recorded in Matthew 1:1-17. But no discussion of Jesus’ female ancestors would be complete without at least a passing look at the last … Continue reading

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The T-Word, Part 5: Where the Pencil Meets the Paper

Yesterday, we noted that Deuteronomy 6:16, Matthew 4:7 and Luke 4:12 instruct very clearly, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ And yet, it’s pretty easy to find passages where God not only chooses not to smite those who … Continue reading

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Knock One Time

So a few months ago, my front doorbell stopped working. But don’t worry, I dealt with the situation quickly and decisively. (See the photo at left.) The post-it note is merely temporary, but as an engineer friend of mind once quipped, ‘There’s … Continue reading

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