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The Gospel Shell Game

Photo: FlickR/Still Burning Have you ever known anyone imprisoned by a cell of their own making? Perhaps we all do it to some degree, but some do it to the extent that their lives are an ever-shrinking, impl...
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Jesus, the Ham of God

How did we go from the Passover Lamb to the Easter Ham? It’s a complicated, not very pretty story, central to modern religious identity and, for those reasons, tucked away from public view. A truly “new” ...
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Bullies R Us

Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your d...
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I Know Your Works

I live in what is known as earthquake country. It’s a fairly common sight to see an exposed cliff-side with a diagonal line exposing an ancient earth fracture, where one surface has been split into two pieces ...
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Sometimes I See

Sometimes I see That flickering light, Sometimes I feel The earth in motion, Or maybe it’s a stillness Beyond stillness. (more…)...
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Is That Any Way to Treat a Bible?

We are not Catholic, but for a variety of reasons we sent our daughter to Catholic schools. In a high school religion class, the teacher approached my daughter during class, took her Bible and was horrified...
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The Buried Talent

Sometimes I get the feeling that contemporary Christianity has completely missed the point. Here’s what I mean; on a practical, philosophical or political level, what would any of us define as holiness truly...
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A Little Bird Told Me

A little bird told me. You've probably heard this familiar saying. It comes from the Bible, Ecclesiastes 10:20 to be exact. The full version is: "Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the ri...
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Who is my Neighbor?

When Jesus was asked “Who is my neighbor?” what was the man really asking? Certainly he was expecting a simple, direct answer – one that he could take home and live with. He was surely expecting a response th...