The Bible is clear: God endorses slavery.

There are at least seven passages in the Bible where God is depicted as directly permitting or endorsing slavery. Two of these are in the Law of Moses: God permitted the Israelites to take slaves from conquered peoples permanently, and the Israelites could sell themselves into slavery temporarily to pay off debts (Exod 21:2-11; Lev …

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Mary on the Margins

Yesterday I preached on John 20:1-18, focusing on Jesus' encounter with Mary Magdalene. We don't know much about the historical Mary Magdalene, but the little we get from the Gospels indicates she was a significant person in Jesus' life and ministry. You'd be hard pressed to find an early Christian with as impressive a résumé as she …

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