Tag: the Bible

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“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to […]

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Pride

 

Pride

Often, in our day, the word, “pride,” is used in various ways as a noun or a verb. One way the word has been used today is a “confidence and self-respect as expressed by members of a group, typically one that has been socially marginalized, on the basis of their shared identity, culture, and experience.”

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The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). He would come from the family of David (Psalm 89:3-4; 29-36). God promised Abraham that through his family all the nations of the world would be blessed (Genesis 12:3). He would be God’s only “begotten” son (Psalm 89:27). But the LORD will give you a sign […]

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The Bible has multiple descriptions of “watchmen on the wall” and their purpose. For example: Isaiah 62:6: On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the Lord in remembrance, take no rest, Ezekiel 3: 17-19: Son of man, I have made you a […]

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Wanted: The Strength of a Mule

 

I had a premonition this performance would not end well. It wasn’t because this was an impossibly big-and-spectacular Easter production that my relatively small-and-homespun church had been rehearsing for months. And it wasn’t because there were two smoke machines in the tomb that kept malfunctioning and the feathers on the angel wings refused to remain glued. No. It was because there was a live animal in the cast – and as the director, it would fall to me to … well … direct it.

Now everyone knows that one of the time-honored maxims of theatre is to never ever share a stage with a baby or an animal. Especially the latter. Animals are unpredictable, pose public hygiene challenges, and are perpetual scene-stealers. But the music director would not listen to any of my arguments and announced that this year Jesus would ride into Jerusalem during the Triumphal Entry song on a donkey. The pastor also thought it was a wonderful idea and read me the Scriptural account in Mark 11 of the “donkey colt that had never been ridden.”

“Don’t you think this will really bring the Bible to life?” he insisted. It’s hard to argue with your pastor when he’s quoting the Word of God. I sighed and relented. The donkey was in.

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Headlines in the Middle East are changing so quickly, it’s hard to keep up, but there are startling events taking shape that seem to indicate big changes are coming. I went back and read a post by @iwe on “Seven Sevens”, the significance of, Biblically speaking, the number seven. In his story, he states ‘when […]

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“Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally – I do not mean figuratively, but literally – impossible for us to figure what the loss would be if these teachings were removed. We […]

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If you see today’s title, you must think I’m absolutely insane. Review the Bible? “Well it’s a great narrative but terribly preachy and frequently the story is interrupted with stuff that would go better in footnotes, like genealogies and the like.” Hoo yeah. I could really step deep into it. Rather than review, I did […]

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I am continually amazed at how people will take one verse from the Bible (whether they are a devout Christian or an avid atheist) and try to build asinine arguments from that one verse for or against some social issue.  It is so important to do good exegesis when it comes to understanding Scripture.  Moreover, it […]

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“Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” These words of Jesus may suggest that Christianity is about faith and not about knowledge. But it’s not. The separation of belief and seeing, of faith and sight, in the New Testament is only a separation of one […]

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I doubt whether there is any point of theology that is not illustrated in or learned from a Bible story, or any Bible story the correct interpretation of which does not include at least one theological point. According to popular lore, Protestants and Catholics disagree because Protestants think salvation is by faith and Catholics think it is by […]

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So, I’m working my way through the Book of Leviticus.   Unlike Exodus, which has a concrete narrative, Leviticus is just a long list of very specific rules.  Do this for a burnt offering.  Anoint this with oil.  Menstruating women are unclean.  Don’t have sex with animals.  Don’t undress your niece.  Don’t eat eagles.  Don’t […]

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