A Celebration of Women

Since it was just International Women’s Day, I thought I would highlight some of the women in the Bible. This is by no means an exhaustive list. 1.       Mary the Mother of Jesus: Jesus’ mother is not just considered a mom, although that role was incredibly important. She is also considered a great example of faith. She is the New Testament counterpart to the man of...

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Another Look at Eden

The Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve are often idealized. They are seen with all the glory of heavenly perfection by much of Western Christianity. However, there are difficulties to seeing Eden as a perfect place as well as seeing Adam and Eve as being perfectly made. If everything was perfect, how does sin enter in? If Eden was perfect, how could there be a tempter? If...

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Basketball as a Religious Experience

I have been unable to attend as many basketball games as I would like this winter. Watching the girls play last week reminded me that there is an exhilarating feeling to athletics. In a sense, one can relate to ‘religious’ or ‘spiritual’ experiences by observing basketball. Take a step back and think of the value many of us place on athletics. For myself, watching...

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Christian Unity

Condoleezza Rice recounts an unfortunate story of Christian disunity in her book “No Higher Honor.” She was visiting the Church of the Nativity in the Holy Land which is currently divided in oversight by three different Christian sects. A Greek orthodox Bishop was so excited to meet Rice that he ‘crossed’ over the ‘boundary’ of a livid friar who barked him back on his...

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The Game of Telephone and the Bible

Remember the game of telephone? A group of young people ‘circle up’ on the floor awaiting the beginning message. The leader of the group begins by whispering a message into the ear of the closest person. When the message gets around the whole circle, it has usually changed, even dramatically. The point of the game is often to show that rumors and gossip need...

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The Bible, Human or Divine?

One obstacle to reading the Bible for life transformation is the claim, “That humans wrote the Bible, not God.” My short answer is, “So what?” What does it matter that the Bible was written by human beings? Have Christians ever declared differently? Has the historic church declared that God took up a pen and began to write in ancient Hebrew and Greek? Never! The Church...

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