Category Archives: The Bible

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Out on a Limb

“What do you think? If a man has one hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine, go to the mountains, and seek that which has gone astray?” — Matthew 18:12 The parable of the Good Shepherd and his care

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Some of the oldest things in Western religion have recently been the subject of new concern and debate. One instance: a book of the Christian Bible, the Apocalypse or Revelation of St. John, which is the main review in The New Yorker and the main

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Controlling the Words

One of the most popular biblical translations among evangelical conservatives is the New International Version. Introduced in 1978, and immediately endorsed by Billy Graham, the NIV has sold over 300 million copies. As of 2011 the NIV is scheduled for an update. Editors argue that

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Homosexuality and Slavery in the Bible

Annually I write the report on “Protestantism” for World Book and other yearbooks. For a dozen or score of years now, the lead story always has to be about churches tearing themselves apart in lose-lose battles over the blessing of gay marriages and ordination of

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Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. 14 “You are the light of the

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Love One Another

9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said

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The Ways of Love

There are three things the Bible tells us that God is; God is light, God is life and God is love. 1 John 4:8 states “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” To know the ways of God is to know

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Leviticus 19: On Loving the Alien

“The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” -Leviticus 19:34 The whole 19th chapter of Leviticus

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God’s Symphony in G Major

And I am sure that he who began a good work in your will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6) “It’s a familiar tale: an aging Beethoven, ill and deaf, conducting the orchestra and chorus in the premiere of

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