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Inclusion and Boundaries, Law and Grace: Where Hospitality Meets Identity

“Boundaries help define what a household, family, church, or community holds precious. However, the modern world is deeply ambivalent about boundaries and community. Although we yearn for home and a place to belong, often we find ourselves more comfortable with empty space where we can ‘sing our own songs’ and pursue our own plans. Hospitality…

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Edward W.H. Vick: Doubt

by Dr. Edward W.H. Vick, retired professor, philosopher, and author of Philosophy for Believers, From Inspiration to Understanding: Reading the Bible Seriously and Faithfully, History and Christian Faith, and more!   How utterly disheartening it is when you are in the thick of serious questions and doubts to be told that you should not be…

Christian Living | Church | Grief

Ronald Higdon: Surviving a Son's Suicide – Three Years Later

by Dr. Ronald Higdon, retired pastor and author of In Changing Times: A Guide for Reflection and Conversation and Surviving a Son’s Suicide. A favorite phrase of some who want to encourage you to move on from a jarring life experience is: “Get over it.” As the years increase, most of us learn there are some things you…

Christian Living | Christian Unity | Church | Discipleship | Forgiveness | Ministry

Ron Higdon: The Challenge of Change

by Ronald Higdon, retired pastor (including intentional interim ministry), adjunct professor, and author of In Changing Times: A Guide for Reflection and Conversation and Surviving a Son’s Suicide A reporter was interviewing an elderly Kentucky farmer and posed an obvious-answer question: “You’ve been farming for over sixty-five years; I bet you’ve seen a lot of changes in that…

Christian Unity | Church | Politics | Theology | Witnessing

Bruce Epperly: First Do No Harm! (Job, Anne Graham Lotz …)

by Dr. Bruce G. Epperly, pastor, professor, and author of Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job, Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God, Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel, and more! One of the first principles of medicine and ministry is “first do no harm.” This is sagely advice, since it is easier to say…

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David Alan Black: A New School Year and a Favorite Book

from David Alan Black‘s blogsite, jesusparadigm.com. I’m really looking forward to a fun and exciting fall semester, not least because I’m teaching NT Intro again for the first time in several years. The course covers Acts – Revelation, which means that, if I time things just right, the semester will end before I have to discuss…

Biblical History | Church

Doris Murdoch: Capernaum, the Town of Jesus

by Doris Horton Murdoch, author, Testify: By the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our Testimony and Constructing Your Testimony The town of Capernaum, called the “village of comfort” and the “cradle of Christianity”, has been recognized as the “town of Jesus.” In Matthew 4:13-17, prophecy was fulfilled when the great light, Jesus…

Bible | Biblical Authority | Biblical Criticism | Biblical literalism | Church | Hermeneutics

Has the multiplicity of interpretations made the Bible incomprehensible? —YES

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post is part of our series on controversial questions. A NO post will normally follow a YES post. Join in by posting your comments.] by Steve Kindle For those of us in the West, once the Roman Catholic Church lost its hegemonic hold on the content of the faith, it’s become “every…