Who’s the “you” in the Ten Commandments?

Who’s the “you” in the Ten Commandments? Or, another way to put it: Who are the commandments for? Who is being expected to obey these commandments? For most Christians, the assumption is that these are universal moral laws: they are for everyone. The “you” in the Ten Commandments is “every person.” This can make a …

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Trial by Fire

From December 2017 through February 2018, I wrote a series of short articles for MennoMedia's Adult Bible Study Online. Over three weeks I am reproducing those here in my blog. Here is the article for January 14, 2018, based on Daniel 3. When I was a child this was one of my favorite Bible stories. …

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Adult Bible Study Online Supplements

I've not been blogging much here lately, but I have been writing short weekly pieces for MennoMedia's online supplements to their adult Bible study curriculum. That began the first week of December and will go through February 2018. UPDATE: These are now posted on my website. Links are updated to reflect this. December 3, 2017, …

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I’m an Atheist

Okay, it’s confession time: I’m an atheist. It’s true. But probably not in the way you’re thinking. Early Christians were sometimes called “atheists,” did you know that? Not because they didn’t believe in God, but because they didn’t believe in the Romans’ gods. In a world in which there were many “gods” and “lords,” for …

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