Bishop Curry, Luke and Acts, and “Christianity Lite”

There was a lot of buzz this past weekend about the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, now the Duchess and Duke of Sussex. And a good bit of that buzz was about the sermon by Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gonlKodrmk Responses to Bishop Curry’s sermon have ranged from …

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Not the Gospel

Last week our kids took the dogs for a walk (bless them). Along the way they encountered a couple of friendly folks handing out free fire insurance and a ticket to heaven, otherwise known as a “gospel tract.” You know what I mean. Maybe you’ve had someone stop by your house with a “gospel tract,” …

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Fifteen Lessons I Learned (or Learned Again) in Teaching on the Cross this Lent

Through Lent this year I taught a Bible study on “The Meaning of the Cross.” We packed a lot into four weeks! We talked about crucifixion in the ancient world and the specific circumstances surrounding Jesus’ execution on a Roman cross. We talked about the theological puzzle this created for the early Christians (“Christ crucified …

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Confessions of a Faithful Doubter

Due to increased interest in a post from last year, "Do Christians Really Need to Believe in Jesus' Resurrection?," I've decided to post this, an older reflection on various kinds of "doubt" and the value of what I call "faithful doubt." There has never been a time in my adult Christian life when I have …

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“I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice”

Jesus says, “Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’” Okay, Jesus. I’ll take you up on that. I’ll go to the prophet Hosea to learn this—after all, that’s where this quote comes from. There’s ancient Israel awash in idolatry and injustice, yet trusting in her religious rituals—prescribed by God in the …

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Blessed Are the Outliers

Our lives in the modern west are greatly affected by statistics. Everything from medical research to political polling relies on statistical analysis. (I’m sure there’s a statistic out there somewhere to prove it.) One of the realities of statistical analysis is something known as an “outlier.” An outlier is a data point, a recorded observation, …

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