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BLOG 8/17/18. “THE GENERATIONS RISE AND PASS AWAY”

BLOG 8/17/18. “THE GENERATIONS RISE AND PASS AWAY” There are times when the scriptures referring to the brevity of our earthly sojourn come very close to home. There is the text which says: “The years of our life are seventy, … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/14/18. CLARIFYING THE PASTORAL ROLE IN THE CHURCH

BLOG 8/14/18.  CLARIFYING THE PASTORAL ROLE IN THE CHURCH. I have often heard, all too often, the charge that the church, and especially the pastor, was indifferent to some crisis or difficulty in a person’s life. Often that accusation was … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/10/18. CHRIST’S FOLLOWERS NOT SOME OTHERWORLDLY BUNCH

BLOG 8/10/18. CHRIST’S FOLLOWERS NOT SOME OTHER-WORLDLY BUNCH We need to stop and remind ourselves regularly that our calling to be followers of Jesus Christ does not make us escapists from the often complex and grim realities of our present-day … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/7/18. “CHRISTIANS … ALIENS IN THE OWN NATIVE LANDS”

BLOG 8/7/18. “CHRISTIANS … ALIENS IN THEIR OWN NATIVE LANDS” Don’t we live in confusing times politically? what with so much deception, the dodging of responsibility, the ever-present power of wealth and greed, a seeming absence of any strong sense … Continue reading

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BLOG 8/3/18. THE PLATFORM OF JESUS’ NEW CREATION

BLOG 8/3/18. THE PLATFORM OF JESUS’ NEW CREATION A couple of generations ago, Martin Marty was the very prominent and distinguished and brilliant church historian on the faculty of the University of Chicago. He was also a columnist for a … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/31/18. A REMARKABLE RESOURCE IN NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES

BLOG 7/31/18. A REMARKABLE RESOURCE IN NEW TESTAMENT STUDIES I’m not sure that bloggers are supposed to be in the advertising business, or promoting books (there are so many books being published regularly) … but I can’t resist, especially when … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/27/18. ECCLESIOLAE IN ECCLESIA … LITTLE CHURCHES

BLOG 7/27/18. ELLESIOLAE IN ECCLESIA, LITTLE CHURCHES IN THE CHURCH Where are you likely to know where to find a real church? Does this sound like a stupid question? Hey! This, admittedly, is a “fools rush in where angels fear … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/24/18. THE CHURCH GRAPPLING WITH CHANGE

BLOG 7/24/18. THE CHURCH, LIKE EVERTHING ELSE, MUST GRAPPLE WITH CULTURAL CHANGE, … AND IT’S A TOUGH DISCIPLINE. The church of Jesus Christ will always survive in some form, but those forms will, of necessity, be ever engaged with the … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/20/18. “WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS SO CRITICAL OF THE CHURCH?”

BLOG 7/20/18. “WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS SO CRITICAL OF THE CHURCH?” One of my dearest friends would occasionally ask me the probing question: “Why are you always so critical of the church?” My response was to refer her to God’s … Continue reading

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BLOG 7/17/18. THE CHURCH NEEDS BOTH ARCHAEOLOLOGISTS AND ARCHITECTS

BLOG 7/17/18. THE CHURCH NEEDS BOTH ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND ARCHITECTS IN THE TURBULENT BETWEEN-THE-ERAS CULTURE Those of us who inhabit church communities are certainly no more exempt from the turbulence of our present cultural whitewater as we are irresistibly carried along … Continue reading

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