Judas and Jesus: the betrayal

Judas & Jesus: Love Your Enemy

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Several years ago, there was a woman with a skilled habit of spreading false rumors about yours truly. Surprisingly, she was not my favorite person. One fine Sunday morning, she was standing about 4 rows in front of my wife and I getting her worship on as the entire congregation was singing. This woman raised her arms perpendicular to the floor while her palms were parallel and was swaying her hips to and fro. I can vividly recall glaring at her and contemplating how great of a hypocrite she was. I mean, here she …

Sunrise on mountain road "If you’re searching for God’s presence, find someone without a tunic."

Making God show up

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Every night we read to our children from the Read-N-Grow Picture Bible and, every once in a while, it catches me off guard. It does a pretty good job of covering most of the Bible but it obviously it has to condense quite a bit. This could sound like a weakness but it actually is its strength. I have discovered patterns and themes from a child’s picture bible that I had not noticed before. Sometimes they are big and span chapters – other times they are short and only cover a few …

A Western depiction of the Pentecost, painted by Jean II Restout, 1732.

Unbabeling Part 2

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In a previous post, I looked at the specific implication of how the Tower of Babel is being unbabeled today. Thanks to one of my friends (https://twitter.com/eibcb), I want to look at another type of unbabeling. First, we find that the Tower of Babel was a merciful act of the Lord at not only preventing the spread of evil but at also preserving the diversity of mankind. The Lord’s actions were not just to prevent the oppression of people through a singular group of a single tongue but also to preserve the …

Hebrews Infographic

Epistle to the Hebrews – Infographic

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My church recently preached through Hebrews and I made a infographic thingy for our sermon series. And I thought I would make my info thingy available as a free download (link below to a 8000 pixel wide graphic). You also may listen to our Hebrews series, of which I preached a couple of weeks, here. While I hope this would be relatively explanatory, I assume that you would need to trace the lines, look up the verses (in their context), and maybe even listen to our sermons to understand and appreciate the graphic. At …

A Brief Rumination: Sprinkled

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From chapter 7 to chapter 10, Hebrews is moving us into the Holy of Holies as Jesus does the work of a priest making atonement for the people. We are then invited to also enter through the veil into the Holy of Holies but the veil has become our high priest’s torn body (Hebrews 10:20). Every year on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, a high priest would enter through the veil into the Holy of Holies with the blood of a goat and bull and sprinkle the Ark of the Covenant. In …

Cain and Abel

Tale of Two Brothers: Cain, Abel and Yom Kippur

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A metanarrative is a story woven through other stories and there are a plethora of them threaded through the biblical narrative. As a young Christian I often read the Bible in isolated chunks searching for only the direct application that the present chuck contained. In Bible college, I improved upon this through hermeneutics and exegesis. These are valuable and necessary, but the danger of putting a section of scripture under a microscope is that while you have a better understanding of that spot under the lens, you can miss the broad and intricate …

Tower of Babel and Confusion of Tongues

Tower of Babel and Unbabel

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The Tower of Babel is an epic story of the global separation of people and it is contained in only nine verses of the biblical text. I have been chewing on it for several months since I last taught on it at my youth ministry, specifically on the implications of technological development across languages. I will be leaning on the work of Rabbi Fohrman, who discusses the technological aspects of the story, and on my friend Marty Solomon, who also borrows from Fohrman to elaborate more on the movement and organization of sin from Genesis 3 to …

Schrödinger's cat in a quantum superposition

Schrödinger’s Cat and the Immortality of Men

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Is man immortal? More specifically, is the soul immortal? We all know that we die, but what of our souls? Do they go on? Most would answer, “yes.” For most, the soul is an immaterial thing that dwells within a physical machine called a body. This, though a rough generalization, is the view of many religious and non-religious groups, Christians included. Throughout my first years as a Christian, there was a supposition of the immortality of mankind, usually specifically attributed to the soul. I, like many of you, had never been taught differently. However, …

You do not understand the Samaritan woman at the well.

Rethinking the Samaritan Woman

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Note: This is a longer article than normal. While writing I found myself chasing what I assumed were tangents only to find that they were actually an intricate thread that wove back into the classical story of the Samaritan woman at the well. I have considered splitting this into two parts for ease of reading but I did not want to lose any stream of thought from the first half into the second. Also, there are many “common” points and details I gloss over for the sake of minimizing the length. I might turn this into …